Today we celebrate Palm Sunday the beginning of the holiest week of the Christian Liturgical year. This day in Churches all over the world the reenactment of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is observed. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding on a donkey – a humble entry symbolizing peace as opposed to riding a horse, a symbol of military power. In a matter of a few short days Jesus will go from being a lauded figure on Palm Sunday to being crucified on Friday because his followers had grown to an enormous number and the religious leaders had become envious of Jesus and with their powerful influences persuaded the people to turn against Him.
In today’s responsorial Psalm we hear “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” – Psalm 22. This Psalm has been recited over the years and spoke to me very differently today. As I recited the Psalm at our Mass I was struck by the overwhelming darkness in our world today. There is so much pain and suffering and we need great faith at this time. Perhaps on this Palm Sunday it is a good day to take some time to reflect on our world and our times and remember that Jesus too shared in his world. May we always find the light of Christ in one another.
Pat Schifini, OSU