Today we physically hold palm branches in our hands at Mass. It is Palm Sunday.
Looking through the branches in the crowd at Mass we are there in Jerusalem, watching as Jesus enters the city. He is known for healing the blind and lame, curing those with leprosy, forgiving sins, casting out unclean spirits, calming the stormy waters, multiplying the loaves and fishes, and raising the dead to life. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, he has taught us to love others, even our enemies, with mercy and generosity. He is God's only Son and the promised Savior sent to redeem us from sin and death. No wonder we welcome him with awe and praise! “Hosanna!”
We walk with Jesus today through the story of his betrayal, surrounded by disciples who fall asleep during his agony in the garden, and then abandon him at his arrest and crucifixion. Yet, Jesus still loves them and shows his love even to the extent of dying on the cross.
In this Year of Faith, may we take time and find ways to speak about our faith with others.
As Pope Francis said in his homily for Palm Sunday, “It is good to follow Jesus, it is good to go with Jesus, the message of Jesus is good, it is good to come out of ourselves, from the edges of existence of the world and to bring Jesus to others!"
When people ask us how our weekend was, may we have the courage to tell others we went to Mass for Palm Sunday, and heard the story of Jesus’ passion and death at the beginning of this Holy Week. May we take time to ask people “What faith do you practice?” and open the door for a spiritual conversation where we can share the story of Jesus.
May we have the courage and the charity to share our faith with even one other person this week and even talk about these days of Holy Week and share what Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter are all about.
By speaking about our faith with others, as well as living out our faith, let us be known as people of faith!