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’Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’
Monday 5 August 2019 — Latest update Friday 10 February 2017

Is.50,4-7 Ps.21 Ph.2,6-11 Mt.21,1-11

Palm Sunday year ’A’

Now it happened that when he was near Bethphage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives as it is called, he sent two of the disciples, saying,  ’Go to the village opposite, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” you are to say this, “The Master needs it.” ’ The messengers went off and found everything just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, ’Why are you untying it?’ and they answered, ’The Master needs it.’ This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet : Say to the daughter of Zion Look, your king is approaching Humble and riding on a donkey And on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’  So they took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus on to it.  As he moved off, they spread their cloaks in the road,     Palm Sunday celebrates a feast which carries within it a painful misunderstanding. Jesus takes the risk of entering Jerusalem in a triumphant way. He decides to make a prophetic gesture of the Messiah’s Coming! Jesus takes it on himself to announce the anticipated death of the Messiah, this death is some Thing the crowd is unable to understand. Already can be heard the rumours and cries of anger into the town : a scandal! Incoherence! Contradiction! The Messiah is a conqueror, he cannot die! What is moving is the powerful symbol that Jerusalem is, and the identity of the one who is going to enter in there. The messiah goes in mounted on something which is a symbol of humility and of peace. Jesus is the ’gentle and humble’ king, who offers himself up either to be welcomed or refused by the Holy City. By coming into Jerusalem, Jesus commits himself on the path of his passion, fully free. He has the lucidity of the Prophet. He has come in order to accomplish the Scriptures. Our desire is to welcome Jesus who saves us with Mary, she who accompanies the One who has born all things, the One who ahs accomplished all things and who continues his work of Salvation in each of our lives.   " So the disciples went and did as Jesus told them.35 So they took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus on to it. 36 As he moved off, they spread their cloaks in the road, 37 and now, as he was approaching the downward slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole group of disciples joyfully began to praise God at the top of their voices for all the miracles they had seen. 38 They cried out: Blessed is he who is coming as King in the name of the Lord!"    This entrance Jesu makes into Jerusalem is both a joyful and a tragic one. The prophet Zacharias announces coming triumphantly into his town on an ass. The poor and little ones like this pacific entrance, it announces reconciliation which brings joy tot he whole people. The cries of the crowd and the gestures which accompany it make the walk of the king easy, people put down vestments, palms, as a carpet spread out before him so as to honour him : ’Hosanna for the Son of David!’ The crowd will soon be disappointed, and manipulated, it will ask for the death of the one they were welcoming. Jesus, the beloved Son of the Father, Mary’s child, recapitulates within himself al of humanity’s history, what is before us and what went before us, until He comes again. By bearing the weight of humanity as a whole Jesus accomplishes all things, taking up everything in Him just as would do a Bridegroom who saves humanity by loving it even more so.  He will overcome hatred, violence, even death itself. He gives the greatest love to his beloved humanity. When the Passion came, Mary, who ’kept all things in her heart’, sees all of the depth of Infinite Love for her. “And when Jesus entered Jerusalem the whole city was in turmoil as people asked, ’Who is this?’ And the crowds answered, ’This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”  Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world, it is with the eyes of faith that we can discern and see what is revealed in truth. We humbly remark that Jesus is an unexpected Messiah, he is discreet and pacific. In hi weakness he is all(powerful for he reveals to us his Love for us. Jesus leaves us the freedom to believe, to discern and to recognise who he is. It is with the look of faith that we must accept what our life is made up of, the tragedy of death that lurks over us,, the abjection of suffering which stifles us, and the horror of how people can be nasty. And so it is with the eyes of faith that we must take hold of Jesus’ presence within us. He has come into our lives and he remains there where our very prayer seems to be no good. He is there where there is neither healing nor anything triumphant. So many men and women re taken to bear the Cross with Jesus, they need to find strength in the Bread of Life. We celebrate the mystery of the Eucharist and we ask for the grace to understand this mystery, for we are invited tot he wedding feast, tot he nuptial banquet of the Lamb. Following Mary, in h immense Love where Jesus saves us, comes humanity, slipping in, who follows the Lamb wherever he goes.

We ask for the grace to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ Passion.