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Palm Sunday – April 10, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

April 10, 2022

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Palm Sunday – April 10, 2022

We begin Holy Week with these words before the procession with palms in our parish churches and chapels:

Dear brother and sisters,
since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works.
Today we gather to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem.
Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.

Let us consider these opening words of Holy Week.

We hope that we are prepared to enter in the mystery that is at the heart of the Church by acts of penance and other Lenten disciplines. May the Lord make up for what is lacking in us so that we may be ready to receive the special graces of these next few days.

But, what is this mystery we are proclaiming as the Church? It is the Paschal Mystery, which is related to the Jewish Passover (the Pesach) that recalls the sacrificial lamb of the Israelites in captivity, the lamb that was slain and eaten. Then the blood of the lamb was used to mark the homes of those who would be saved from the angel of death. So too, the Paschal Mystery we celebrate as Christians recalling the death of Jesus, the lamb of God, who gave his flesh for us to eat and his blood to mark us as saved from death. It is his Passion (suffering and death) and his Resurrection that allows us to be liberated from the sin and death ourselves. This is the Paschal Mystery we celebrate once again this Holy Week.

So, we follow Jesus by picking up our crosses. We follow him forward in faith from Calvary on Good Friday to the empty tomb of Easter Sunday. If we continue to move with Jesus, despite the crosses we carry in this life, we believe that his Resurrection will be our resurrection too someday. We can already taste that new life of resurrected glory as we allow Jesus to rise within us today and every day.

Let us enter Holy Week with gratitude, for the Lord who was crucified for our sake, has given us a share of the new resurrected life he received when he walked out of the grave three days later.

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