A Note on Today’s Readings | Palm Sunday — Year B
Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.
For a majority of the World’s Christians, this is Holy Week. We call the week “Holy” because it is a week of compassion.
Why Holy week? When we think of all the awful things that happen in the world, our holiness connects us with God through prayer, good deeds, penance and the divine love which God gives to each and every one of us. We walk through the passion and the heart of Christ goes out to all people. Jesus does not condemn but he does fight against all evil forces. In the midst of the battle between good and evil, we find God’s compassion.
Our Christ does not lay blame. Pilate is not blamed, the Sadducees are not blamed either are the Pharisees. With Jesus, there is healing and forgiveness. During his final hours on earth, and even on the cross Jesus offered forgiveness. It is compassion to the end. When we see and know compassion, we see and know God.
Around us, we see a scarcity of resources. Needs are high, people are worse off. Can we put compassion into action in how we deal with each other? Can we live with care and concern that is real and significant? The cross has a long shadow for all of us. Within the shadow of his cross, we find also the light of compassion. A compassion to share especially with the elderly, the poor, and those struggling silently.
Let the compassion of the gospel be the feeling and the message for each and every one of us this Palm Sunday.
‘How could Christ be subject to the decree of fate, when elsewhere he had said:
“I have the power to lay down my life, and I have the power to take it up again. No one can take it from me; I lay it down of my own accord, and I will take it up again”? Unless he had been willing he would not have suffered, his blood would not have been shed; and if that blood had not been shed, the world would not have been redeemed. So let us pour out our thanks to him, both for the power of his divinity and for the compassion of his suffering humanity.’
(St Augustine of Hippo)
A BLESSED HOLY WEEK