Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Masses
Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14—23:56
Dear friends in Christ, after hearing today’s readings, think about where you see YOURSELF in them. Who do you identify with?
Are you a member of the crowd who cheered Jesus as he entered Jerusalem?
Are you one of the Apostles at the Last Supper?
Are you one of the disciples who fell asleep while Jesus prayed and suffered in Gethsemane?
Are you Judas, who betrayed Him?
Are you the woman who recognized Peter around the fire and accused him of being one of Jesus’ disciples?
Are you Simon Peter, who denied knowing him?
Are you among the Sanhedrin’s council of elders who questioned him?
Are you Pilate, who’s power and position caused him to be blind to the presence of God before him, and turned him over for crucifixion?
Are you one among the crowd who accused Jesus before Pilate?
Are you one of the Roman soldiers who beat and mocked Him, or perhaps one of the soldiers who silently watch while He is mocked?
Are you Barabbas, who escaped justice?
Are you Simon the Cyrenian, who reluctantly helps Jesus carry his cross?
Are you one of the women who wept for Him?
Are you one of the criminals crucified with Him? Which one?
Are you one of the Roman soldiers who divided His garments while He hung on the cross?
Are you the Roman centurion who witnessed the crucifixion and proclaimed Jesus’ innocence after he died?
Are you Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple for fear of the Jews, who requested Jesus’ body so he could give him a proper burial?
Are you one of the women who prepared the burial spices and the perfumed oils?
Now that you have thought about who you identify with in today’s readings, is there someone else you would prefer to be? If so, take this to prayer and ask Our Lord to give you the grace to repent and make the changes you need to make in your life to become more like that person.
God bless you.