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Faithful gather to celebrate Palm Sunday at Cathedral

03-30-2015

Faithful gathered at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, March 29, 2015, for Palm Sunday Mass. On Palm Sunday, Catholics celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, where people greeted him by waving palm fronds. Today, Catholics still use palms to commemorate what was a joyful event.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass and delivered the homily. Fr. Justin Kerber, Cathedral rector, concelebrated.

Mass began outside in the courtyard, where the Gospel was proclaimed and where Bishop Burbidge blessed the palms. Those gathered processed into the church together and recited the Passion of our Lord according to Matthew. What can we do to make this week holy? Perhaps we can see ourselves in some of the central figures found in the Passion just proclaimed and understand more clearly what the Lord is asking of us.

In his homily, the Bishop spoke of our similarity to some of the figures in the reading of the Passion, for example, “We are like Peter, James and John who fell asleep and failed to keep watch with the Lord. For this week to be holy, we must  ‘stay awake’ with Him, especially in allowing time for silence and prayer and, if possible, in attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday and the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.”

The Bishop concluded: “If you see yourself in any of the central figures proclaimed in the Passion, it is because it is true -- Jesus has drawn us to Himself on the path to Jerusalem so we are fully aware of His great love for us. So in faith, walk with the Lord and unite your sufferings to His so that this week may truly be holy.” 

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What can we do to make this week holy? Perhaps we can see ourselves in some of the central figures found in the Passion just proclaimed and understand more clearly what the Lord is asking of us.

We are like Peter, James and John who fell asleep and failed to keep watch with the Lord.  For this week to be holy, we must  “stay awake” with him, especially in allowing time for silence and prayer and, if possible, in attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday and the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.

Like Judas we have betrayed the Lord and have been unfaithful to the promises we have made. For this week to be holy, we must hand over to the Lord all of our sins and seek his divine mercy.

We are like Simon of Cyrene who had to be told to help carry the cross. For this week, to be holy, we must take the initiative and do our part to reach out to someone we know burdened with the crosses in life.

We are like the women found weeping for our sorrows are also great. For this week to be holy, we must entrust to the Lord all of our cares and concerns and be convinced of his power to wipe every tear away.

We are like Joseph of Arimathea who asked for the body of Jesus to be buried. For this week to be holy, we must die with Jesus; we must die to our sins and old way of living only to know that as we anticipate Easter, the tomb will be empty and will rise with to newness of life.

If you see yourself in any of the central figures proclaimed in the Passion, it is because it is true----Jesus has drawn us to Himself on the path to Jerusalem so we are fully aware of His great love for us. So in faith, walk with the Lord and unite your sufferings to his so that this week may truly be holy.