JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.
Some tips to live the Holy Week in a holy manner 🙂
“When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel (Jn 12:12–16).”
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week during which the universal Catholic Church commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation.
What is being commemorated during this day?
It commemorates Jesus’ “triumphal” entry into Jerusalem which “manifested the coming of the kingdom that the King-Messiah was going to accomplish by the Passover of his Death and Resurrection. It is with the celebration of that entry on Palm Sunday that the Church’s liturgy solemnly opens Holy Week (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 560).”
Today’s Liturgy of the Blessing of the Palms and the Procession anticipate the triumph of Christ, a humble and gentle King who comes not by force but in peace, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 where the future messianic king is described as “humble”. The procession done before the Mass symbolizes the welcoming of Jesus into his city by the children and humble of heart, cutting palm branches and acclaiming Jesus as the Savior or Messiah.
This fact is depicted by the use of the Hebrew word “Hosanna”, which originally is an appeal to God to “save us, His people” but was later used as a shout of joy, of acclamation and praise to mean “Long live” the Son of David, the Messiah, “who comes in the name of the Lord (Ps 118:16)” thereby proclaiming the kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, Jesus himself explained later on before Pilate that his kingship “is not of this world”. As St. Augustine wrote,
- “Christ was not king of Israel for exacting tribute, or arming a host with the sword; but king of Israel to rule souls, to counsel them for eternal life, to bring to the Kingdom of heaven those that believe, hope and love” (In Ioann. Evang., 51, 4).
- “Christ should reign first and foremost in our soul. But how would we reply if he asked us: ‘How do you go about letting me reign in you?’ I would reply that I need lots of his grace. Only that way can my every heartbeat and breath, my least intense look, my most ordinary word, my most basic feeling be transformed into a hosanna to Christ my King” (St. Josemaria, “Christ is passing by,” n. 181).
Dear friends, IF WE WANT TO LIVE THE HOLY WEEK THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE,
WE SHOULD LIVE IT THEN IN A HOLY MANNER.
There are many ways but these practical tips might help you:
- Make sure you are in the state of grace (without mortal sin). If not, I encourage you to receive God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession;
- Thank Our Lord for His total self-giving, dying on the Cross in order to save us;
- Accompany Him closely during these days through generous prayer and sacrifice in atonement of our sins and that of the whole world, meditating on the Gospel passages which narrate His Passion and Death to realize how much He loves you;
- Attend the Holy Week Services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and of course, make sure you go to Mass on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. You may also want to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday in different Churches;
- Struggle to live a holy life, avoiding sins which are the cause of Christ’s Passion and Death;
- Say many acts of love, of contrition and of thanksgiving;
- Make life pleasant to the people around us, especially those who are in need;
- If you’re going to participate in a procession or see one, offer up the tiredness, and in some cases, as in Seville, the inconveniences brought about by it for the entire Church, the conversion of sinners, in reparation for sins, for those who are suffering for whatever motive etc.As you can see, these tips are very much compatible with your much needed vacation and rest during this Holy Week: it’s a matter of living the virtue of order and setting the right priorities.
May God bless you and your loved ones and may you live these days of the Holy Week in a holy manner and may you have a good week’s rest as well!
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ORIGINAL PHOTO SOURCE: Pietro Lorenzetti, Entry into Jerusalem (fresco) in https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/Assisi-frescoes-entry-into-jerusalem-pietro_lorenzetti.jpg