Homily – Palm Sunday MMX 3/28/10
On Palm Sunday, the time of Action is now over for Jesus and His Disciples. Now begins the Time of Passion.
During His Three Year Public Ministry, from His Baptism at age 30 to His entry into Jerusalem at age 33, Jesus was almost non-stop action, each day preaching and teaching vast crowds of people, traveling from village to village by foot and by boat, working miracles, healing the sick, casting out demons, calling people to come follow Him.
And all this non-stop action, all this was setting the stage for this Week when He enters into Jerusalem. And now, the time for Action is over, and the time of Passion begins.
Jesus redeems the world not by any Action on His part, but by pure Passion, by suffering.
Like His Mother Mary, who at the Annunciation didn’t say “I will do it Lord” but rather said “Let it be done to me”, Jesus this Week says “Let it be done to me” and suffering the Cross, He merits the Resurrection and opens Heaven for all believers.
And Holy Week for us should be not a time of action or busy-ness, but a time of passion, a time where we allow Jesus and His Heavenly Father to love us.
I highly encourage everyone to stop whatever action you normally do this week, and take time to meditate on Christ’s Passion. Try to attend the Solemn Holy Week Triduum Services this Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
The Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday Evening in the Church. Let us join with the Twelve Apostles as they kick off their sandals and recline at Table with Jesus. This Solemn Mass ends at about 8 p.m. with an outdoor, moonlight Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose set up in the Fr. Blain Hall.
After the Last Supper, Jesus asked His disciples to watch and pray with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, and so, Silent Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue after Mass in the Church Hall until 11 p.m. Holy Thursday Evening for all those who wish to spend some time in prayer with Jesus on the Eve of His Passion.
At Noon on Good Friday, we will be having the Stations of the Cross followed by the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy upstairs in the Church.
And 7 p.m. Good Friday Evening will be the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and Death, which will include the unveiling and veneration of the Cross, the Proclamation of the Passion according to John, and a Holy Communion Service.
On Holy Saturday Evening, Christ our Light will banish the darkness of our Church as the Easter Proclamation is sung by the light of hundreds of candles. Come and celebrate with us the most solemn Mass of the Church Year, the Easter Vigil, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday April 3rd.
And then, on Easter Sunday Morning, we will rejoice over the Empty Tomb and encounter the Risen Christ in the Breaking of the Bread.
Easter Sunday Masses are 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. followed by an Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt for the Children in front of the Church, and 11:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Morning.
And so this Holy Week, may we cease from our activity and take the time to be passive, entering into the mystery of Christ’s Passion and Death, allowing the Love of God to touch deep within our hearts, so that He may then fill us with the Joy of His Resurrection.