Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion • 14 April 2019
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. It is the day where the faithful will receive palm fronds in the church which they use to participate in the re-enactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfil over death.
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Come Home to Where Love Dwells
The first love says: “You are loved long before other people can love you or you can love others. You are accepted long before you can accept others or receive their acceptance. You are safe long before you can offer or receive safety.” Home is the place where that first love dwells and speaks gently to us. It requires discipline to come home and listen, especially when our fears are so noisy that they keep driving us outside of ourselves. But when we grasp the truth that we already have a home, we may, at last, have the strength to unmask the illusions created by our fears and continue to return again and again and again.
– Henri Nouwen