Church of the Home for Saturday, April 9

This weekend is Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. We celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It also marks the start of Holy Week, the final days of Jesus' earthly ministry.

There is great joy and terrible sorrow associated with Palm Sunday. We begin Mass by recalling how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as people laid down their cloaks and waved palm branches shouting "Hosanna!"

However, the Gospel reading for the weekend is the Passion of Christ. We will hear the people who applauded Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem turn on Jesus and cry out, “Crucify Him.” They will go from acclaiming Him as the new King of Israel to urging His life to be traded in favor of a convicted criminal; they will first praise Him and then mock Him.

Today begins the most sacred week of the entire year. It is an emotional path to walk but at the end of the journey, we will find the ultimate treasure. Resurrection encourages you to take time this week to meditate on the Passion, make an extra sacrifice, and remove distractions in order to find quietness so you can focus on your relationship with Christ and reflect on what this week means.

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