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Lenten Reflections

by Seminarians of the Pontifical College Josephinum​

Reflection for Palm Sunday

The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. [They] kept crying out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David...hosanna in the highest.” When he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth.”
Matthew 21:8-11

On Palm Sunday, we enter into the amazing liturgical celebration of Holy Week. We can almost imagine ourselves being there amidst the huge crowd, crying out to Jesus the Messiah, “Hosanna in the Highest!” We sense the embracing and understanding of Jesus’ divine kingship when the crowd spreads their own clothing on the road so that He may enter the city with honor. This is very inspiring to reflect upon, because they do not know what is coming in the Lord’s passion. We know that, in just a short amount of time, will come the brutal suffering of Jesus. 

When the crowd breaks off branches from the trees, strews them on the road, and cries out to Jesus, it is the classic scene of Palm Sunday. The waving of the palms is a joyous scene to contemplate and reflect upon as we enter into Holy Week. This liturgical celebration allows us to reflect on how we should let the Lord enter into our lives – with praise and worship to the King of Kings! We must also cry out “Hosanna in the Highest,” letting those around us know that we have found the Messiah, and enter into his passion. 

Reflection by Eric Ruiz
Diocese of Oakland

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