Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

During Holy Week, we slow down, and walk each day with Jesus. On Palm Sunday we enter into Jerusalem with Him. Later, we watch Judas sell Him out to the Jewish leaders: We see the disciples prepare the Upper Room for the Last Supper. On Holy Thursday we participate in the Last Supper with Jesus and the Apostles before we go to spend time with the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane. On Good Friday we walk with Jesus to the Cross, and gaze in wonder at the mystery of God’s love. On Holy Saturday we embrace the silence of the tomb.

We know the Resurrection follows, but for Holy Week we are called to slow down and keep our gaze fixed on Jesus heading to the Cross and the Sepulcher. We will have plenty of time to rejoice in the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. For, we need to be attentive, extra attentive, to Jesus heading to his Passion and Death.

It might be an uncomfortable thing to look at, but at the heart of our faith is Jesus, who willingly and intentionally walked into a horrific and shameful death for my (our) sake. Many have sat by loved ones as they have died, and it isn’t easy, but it is also one of the most profound and important experiences of our lives. We are called to do the same with Jesus.

Even more are we called to do this since Jesus died for us. Generally, our loved ones have died from illness, age, or accident. They didn’t die for us. Jesus though is radically different. He came into this world in order to lay down His life for us. His death is specifically about us, for us.

Because  of  this,  Jesus  deserves  our attention,   our   gaze,   our   companionship   on   His journey.  No  one  else  has  earned  it  like  He  has. Therefore, let us make sure during this most Holy Week, that we are giving Jesus  His due for all that He has done for us.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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