Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Palm Sunday is a commemoration of highs and lows, exaltation and tragedy.  We enter the church bearing palms singing Hosanna, and only minutes later we cry in unison. “Let him be crucified.”  The liturgical juxtaposition is certainly intended and representative of fickle humanity, not only during the events of Holy Week, but quite regularly, down into our modern era.  Profound themes of betrayal, trust, friendship, power and humility are present in the gospel reading from Matthew.  The example of Jesus inspires us to be true to God’s will in our own lives.  We are called to remain faithful to God, ever trusting in his wisdom and providential care.