This week is about remembering. We shout with joy as Jesus enters Jerusalem. We walk with Him on His way to the cross. We hear the cries of the people to “crucify him” and remember our own sinfulness.
This week we ask Jesus to remember us. We pray that we may be better than we are, and receive better than we deserve. We pray that we, who often deserve to be forgotten, may be remembered.
And yet...as we mark the days leading up to Easter, we remember, too, that we are called to something else — as a people and as a church. As we journey forward this Holy Week, let us look at these palms and remind ourselves of this beautiful, hopeful truth: We may be the voice of the crowd — we may too often act like thieves. But we have it within ourselves to be more. We can sing Hosannas. We can act like angels. This is the mystery we celebrate.
Almighty God, help us to journey with Jesus during this Holy Week. May we come to a greater understanding of Your love, and celebrate the gift of eternal life that You offer to each one of us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Very Rev. Michael Cronogue, S.S.E., Superior General of the Society of St. Edmund
Procession Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56 or 23:1-49
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website