Objective: Today the Church celebrates Palm Sunday; it is the moment when Jesus entered Jerusalem with a crowd following and cheering him as King. Contrary to this historic event of social gathering, this year, unfortunately, we cannot gather together as one in following the Lord.
Gospel Reading (Matthew 21: 1-11)
And when they drew nigh to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto mount Olivet, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them: Go ye into the village that is over against you, and immediately you shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them and bring them to me.
And if any man shall say anything to you, say ye, that the Lord hath need of them: and forthwith he will let them go. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: Tell ye the daughter of Sion: Behold thy king cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of her that is used to the yoke.
And the disciples going, did as Jesus commanded them. And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, the whole city was moved, saying: Who is this? And the people said: This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee.
Act: On this occasion, Jesus was hailed as King by signs of palm and olive branches. Hence the name, ‘Palm Sunday.’ This morning we invite you to put a branch on the door of your house or on the window, to commemorate this event. It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.
Share: If you feel that you would like to participate in this activity kindly take a picture of the door with the decorated branch and share it online, on your social media.
We may be physically isolated,
but not separated.
We are united as the body of Christ.
We are the Church.
Reflect: Normally we associate prayer with large gatherings or going to a physical Church. In the current circumstance, we have a blessed opportunity to improvise. I would like to ask you to gather together as a family or household and pray together. You can click here for guidance.