Friar’s Corner #674: 4/13/14: PALM Sunday: Creed: 2nd week of the Psalms.
Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday: Palm Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 (Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.): Creed: Isaiah 50:4-7 (My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting knowing that I shall not be put to shame.); Ps 22:8-9 17-20, 23-24 (My God, My God, why have You abandoned me?); Phil 2:6-11 (Christ humbled Himself. Because of this God greatly exalted Him.); Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless Glory! Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name which is above every name. Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless Glory! Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 (The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Theme: Jesus Christ is welcomed into Jerusalem as Israel’s King and Messiah.
The Liturgy is so rushed and full of meaning. We remember Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry through the Golden Gate into God’s temple in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. Its significance is often overlooked because of the sad reading of the Passion. Jesus is proclaimed as Messiah by the people as He comes into His holy city. Let us stop and think what this Solemn Entry is really saying. Here is the Son of God Who will take away the sins of the entire human race by His suffering and death. Jesus died condemned for the disobedience of the entire human race. Only God could atone for all of those sins. He loves us that much and wants us to be back in His Kingdom and claim again our ancient inheritance. God the Father showed His acceptance of what His Son did by raising Jesus from the dead on that first Easter Sunday.