Answering God’s Call

Much like last year’s Palm Sunday, this is another one that’s much different to the ones we’ve been accustomed to. Due to the pandemic, attendance to Church activities is severely limited and online Masses and ceremonies are encouraged. I miss getting the palms for sale at the church yard and so we have to be creative preparing substitutes while attending the Online Mass. I have to select some ornamental plants resembling palms and cut some branches for our “palaspas”. 

In today’s Gospel proclamation at the Procession with Palms (Mk.11:1-10) the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem is greeted with cheers, 

HosannaBlessed is he who comes in the name of the LordBlessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to comeHosanna in the highest!”

Later on the First Good Friday, before Pilate the crowd shouted in mockery “Crucify him, crucify him! 

This week is always one associated with deep sorrow and it’s normal to be sad like that. The mood is somber and coupled with the heat of the summer sun, we can imagine the very difficult situation that our Lord Jesus went through. During my childhood I fondly remember my Lola telling us during those past Holy Weeks to stop playing loud music, avoid laughing boisterously, and instead pray. As children we liked to play and play, especially during the summer but on her command, we have no recourse but to obey, as we’ve been taught to. Today, her command is still something that I heed and follow. 

Yet, in the perspective of God, these events are both glorious ones in the sense that Good Friday’s happening is the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission here in this world. He has fulfilled the purpose for which He became like us, in obedience to the Father, 

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.” Phil. 2: 8-9 (Second Reading)

As we enter the Holy Week, it is important we appreciate that Jesus’ journey is also our own. The road that Our Lord traversed during His Passion and Death is also the same path that will bring us salvation and enter into His Glory one day.

Reflect on your own vocation in life. How are you responding to the Father’s call in imitating His only beloved Son?

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Ps. 22:2a)

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