Presentation on theme: "This slide show is a prayer; take time with JESUS to mount to Jerusalem. Let us take along our sins, our miseries, our wounds, JESUS will set us free."— Presentation transcript:
This slide show is a prayer; take time with JESUS to mount to Jerusalem. Let us take along our sins, our miseries, our wounds, JESUS will set us free.
When the people heard that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, they took Palm branches and went out to meet him, and children cried out: « It is HE who is coming to save the people. He is Our Saviour, the Redeemer of Israel. Who is He, for the Thrones and the Dominations rush to meet Him ? Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion: here is your KING coming to you, mounted on the foal of a donkey, as it is written. O KING, creator of the world you come to redeem us. » ( Cum audisset )
Palm Sunday Holy Week opens up in joy. The Church celebrates the triumph of Our Saviour, his entry as Messiah in Jerusalem. It is already his victory as the Resurrected. Our Fathers called this Palm Sunday, « Easter in bloom ». During the Middle Ages it was a custom to bless flowers along with palms and branches. Hosanna in the highest heaven ! May He be thanked to establish his reign among us.
More than a remembrance, the Mysteries that we celebrate are for us a living reality. Represented by the celebrant, Our Lord JESUS receives the ovation of the Christian community. The crowds come to meet the Redeemer, with flowers and palms; to this victorious King, they offer a tribute worthy of HIM. Nations proclaim that He is SON of God and cheers of praise to God ring out to the skies:
did not create in Him the power that made Him the Messiah, but shows to mankind that He is the Messiah. (Saint Justin) Jerusalem The entry of Jesus After ascending to Jerusalem for several months, a slow but determined progression to the place of his sacrifice, six days before Passover, Jesus arrives to the doors of the Holy City. Jesus, as a king in his capital, accepts to enter solemnly in this city which God had chosen to dwell among his people. He asks to fetch the colt which he will be mounting, a colt that no one had mounted yet, because of the sacred nature of this procession.
People spread their cloaks and branches on the road, a royal honour. His disciples who have seen so many miracles, cry out their joy. Enthusiasm is gaining not only the pilgrims arriving from everywhere for the Passover, but also a good part of the inhabitants of Jerusalem: they are coming to meet their Master with palms in their hands.
At the doors of Jerusalem, for the first time, Jesus was presenting himself publicly, as King & Messiah, the King that had been announced... …to proclaim peace to the nations; his domination shall be from sea to sea, and from the river Euphrates to the ends of the earth. (Zech 9, 10)
With joy, the Church proclaims from age to age, that her Lord is the Messiah. The disciples of Jesus did not understand at first; but, when he was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and it was what had been done to him. Jn 12, 16 Jesus said: now my soul is troubled. What should I say? Should I say: Father, save me from this hour?— Well, no ! It is for this reason that I have come to this hour! Father, glorify your name !
The Church lifts up a gaze of love and thanksgiving towards this cross where her Saviour is nailed: this cross is now her treasure Disciples of JESUS and sons of the Church, we can glorify and put our pride in this Rood which is for us the source of all the good things we cherish most. If we have started to discover what is life with JESUS, life for God, we cannot put our pride anymore in human things.
Father most holy, greet this sacrifice we offer you, and grant us your mercy: when celebrating the passion of your Son Jesus, may we enter in his mystery of love.