Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday. Today we begin the most holy – indeed, the most important – week in the liturgical life of the Church. Today we remember and ponder two key features of Jesus’ ministry: His kingship as Lord and Saviour of all mankind and his Passion and agonising death.
We recall how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah when he entered the Holy City amidst enthusiastic cries of acclamation, praise and worship. But he did so, not as a warrior seated on a war-horse, surrounded by his troops, but as a humble servant, seated on a donkey. Throughout history Christians have imitated the acclamations of the Hebrew children who welcomed Jesus with cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David”. And so should we!
But let the Liturgy of the Word also speak to us of the horrendous events that occurred towards the end of Jesus’ life, as we recall his journey to Calvary and his excruciating death on the cross.
Fr Philip Sainter