Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,/ shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!/ See, your king shall come to you;/ a just savior is he,/ Meek, and riding on an ass,/ on a colt, the foal of an ass.”
The king of kings: the lord, the giver of life
Palm Sunday is an event which marks the prophetic return of the Messiah; the One who would return to gather the twelve tribes of Israel; the One who would gather his people and be their king.
This entrance into Jerusalem is Jesus, King of Israel, King of Kings, entering into our lives, and is as real today as it was that Sunday, riding on a colt. Once again, faced with the prophecy foretold, we are invited to consider, “Who, or what, is the Lord of my life?”
We may often be consumed by our own ego. We may be consumed by our passions and preoccupations. We may be consumed by the events and news of the day. Each can lord over our thoughts and govern our days.
Make no mistake: we are all governed by something or someone.
Yet, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy. To understand this, is to understand what must take center stage in our own lives. Better said, Jesus arrives this day – this Palm Sunday, and each day – to be the Giver of Life. It is in giving our life to him that we receive, that we find true fulfillment, that we find our truest freedom: no longer slave to our ego, preoccupations, or human events.
When we empty ourselves – fully, totally, completely like Jesus emptied himself on the Cross – we are filled with his majesty because He has come to give us life, and give it abundantly (cf. Jn 10:10) – thanks be to God!
On Easter Sunday we will celebrate the risen Jesus – down from the cross – and we, like the disciples on the first day of the week, are also witnesses to the empty tomb. His road to Calvary begins today, however, this Palm Sunday; and ends as our crucified Lord, emptying himself in self-giving love for the sake of taking on our sins and inviting us to Him that he may give us his life in the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
For a beautiful reflection on the biblical significance of Palm Sunday from our friends at Catholic Imagery, please enjoy below.
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the biblical Significance of Palm Sunday
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‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ (Ps 22)‘ ….
Today Jesus triumphantly returns to Jerusalem, entering from the East. Five days later he will hear the cries of those who greeted him at the city’s gated entrance with the words, ‘Crucify him!’
In the twenty-second Psalm we hear a Psalm of David, what we may believe to be a Psalm of lament. These are the words Jesus says from the Cross on Mount Calvary (Mt 27:46). Yet, it is a psalm of deliverance, a psalm of praise. For Jesus knows he has given Himself up freely to the crowds, to His Roman executioners. He has given Himself up freely, taking on the sins of the world. He humbles Himself, and from the Cross looks down on our humanity with Divine Mercy, and sings a song of praise in Psalm 22, which reads:
‘I will proclaim your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him; all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him; revere him, all you descendants of Israel.’
Today marks the beginning of the Lord’s Passion. He returns humbly on a colt. He knows he is entering the lions den. He will willingly give Himself up to His Father, for he knows he will not be abandoned; he knows he will be exalted and reign as King on the throne of the God Most High.”
O Lord, we are so easily deceived still into expecting from you a kingdom governed according to the laws of this world. Keep our eyes fixed on the triumph of life over death through the mystery of the cross, so that we may grow into a deeper understanding of the power of your law of love over the laws of human expectation, through Christ our Lord.
Palm Sunday prayer, Magnificat Magazine, March 28, 20221
Saint Peter, upon this rock (Mt 16:18), pray for us.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.