Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Ardour
Presence of God: O Jesus, I need to comply with You in Your triumph, in order that I could comply with You later to Calvary.
Holy Week begins with the outline of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday earlier than His Ardour. Jesus, who had all the time been against any public manifestation and who had fled when the individuals wished to make Him their king (cf. John 6:15), permits Himself to be borne in triumph immediately. Not till now, when He’s about to die, does He undergo being publicly acclaimed because the Messiah, as a result of by dying on the Cross, He can be, in probably the most full method: Messiah, Redeemer, King, and Victor. He permits Himself to be acknowledged as King, however a King who will reign from the Cross, who will triumph and conquer by dying on the Cross. The identical exultant crowd that acclaims Him immediately will curse Him in just a few days and lead Him to Calvary; immediately’s triumph would be the vivid prelude to tomorrow’s Ardour.
Jesus enters the holy metropolis in triumph, however solely so as to undergo and die there. Therefore, the twofold which means of the Procession of the Palms: it’s not sufficient to accompany Jesus in His triumph; we should comply with Him in His Ardour, ready to share in it by stirring up in ourselves, in accordance with St. Paul’s exhortation (Philippians 2:5-11), His sentiments of humility and whole immolation, which is able to deliver us, like Him and with Him, “unto loss of life, even to the loss of life of the Cross.” The palms which the priest blesses immediately haven’t solely a festive significance; additionally they “symbolize the victory which Jesus is about to win over the prince of loss of life” (Roman Missal). For us too, they should be symbols of triumph, indicative of the victory to be gained in our battle in opposition to the evil in ourselves and in opposition to the evil which roams about us. As we obtain the blessed palm, allow us to renew our pledge to beat with Jesus, however allow us to not overlook that it was on the Cross that He conquered.
“O Jesus, I ponder You in Your triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. Anticipating the group which might come to fulfill You, You mounted an ass and gave an admirable instance of humility within the midst of the acclamations of the group who lower branches of timber and unfold their clothes alongside the best way. Whereas the individuals have been singing hymns of reward, You have been full of pity and wept over Jerusalem. Rise now, my soul, handmaid of the Savior, be part of the procession of the daughters of Sion and exit to fulfill your King. Accompany the Lord of heaven and earth, seated on an ass; comply with Him with olive and palm branches, with works of piety and with victorious virtues” (cf. St. Bonaventure).
O Jesus, what bitter tears You shed over the town which refused to acknowledge You! And what number of souls, like Jerusalem, go to perdition on account of their obstinate resistance to grace! For them, I pray with all my power. “My God, that is the place Your energy and mercy ought to be proven. Oh! what a lofty grace I ask for, O true God, after I conjure You to like those that don’t love You, to reply those that don’t name to You, to provide well being to those that get pleasure from remaining sick!… You say, O my Lord, that You might have come to hunt sinners. Right here, Lord, are the actual sinners. However, as an alternative of seeing our blindness, O God, contemplate the valuable Blood which Your Son shed for us. Let Your mercy shine out within the midst of such nice malice. Don’t forget, Lord, that we’re Your creatures, and pour out on us Your goodness and mercy” (Teresa of Jesus, Exclamations of the Soul to God, 8).
Even when we resist grace, O Jesus, You might be nonetheless the Victor; Your overcome the prince of darkness is achieved, and humanity has been saved and redeemed by You. You’re the Good Shepherd who is aware of and loves every one in every of His sheep and would lead all of them to security. Your loving coronary heart shouldn’t be happy with having merited salvation for the entire flock; it ardently wishes every sheep to revenue by this salvation….O Lord, give us then, this good will; allow us to just accept Your reward, Your grace, and grant that Your Ardour could not have been in useless.
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