My dear friends, after five weeks of Lent , we prepare now to celebrate what is called the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Today is called “Passion Sunday,” because we turn our attention now towards the Passion, the suffering and death of Jesus. This is of great importance for us as Catholic Christians, because the death of Jesus on the cross was the one sacrifice offered to God by a human being which was perfect.
By offering his life on the Cross, Jesus took upon himself our sins and won for us forgiveness and salvation. And so we approach the Passion of Jesus today with hearts filled with gratitude. And we also approach Passion of Jesus with joy because it gained for us eternal life.
While the official name for today is “Passion Sunday,” we have popularly referred to today for a long time as “Palm Sunday” because of the ritual which begins the Liturgy. During this ritual we take palm branches and bless them...Read More