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Lenten reflection, day 40: Passion Sunday

There is no more important week in the life of all Christians than Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday, with the Lord entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Many people proclaim him king and Lord. It is a day of celebration that won’t last long.

This king and Lord knows what is and will be in people’s hearts and minds. The Lord will soon enter into his passion, crucifixion, and death. People will scream out, “Crucify him!”

We can enter into Holy Week proclaiming who Jesus is for us. We can begin by praising and worshipping him as our Lord and savior.

We can also be aware of the ways we deny and even betray him by what we say and do. We can say, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.” We can thank the Lord for all his blessings, mercy, generosity, and love for us every day of our lives.

This is a true love story, and Jesus’ love and mercy never end. He died on a cross as proof of that love. 

This week we can walk with Jesus in his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem and in his passion, crucifixion, and death. Then we can celebrate his glorious resurrection and his resurrected life in us. May this be the best Holy Week of our lives, beginning with Palm Sunday!

Father Kevin Moley, C.Ss.R.
Newton Grove, N.C.

Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14–27:66