Joy and Sadness

Palm Sunday, March 24, 2012

Luke 22:14—23:56

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Jesus arrives at Jerusalem, carried upon a donkey—sign of royalty. The King is taking possession of the Holy City, soon to become the heavenly Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday is a day with mixed emotions. There is the clear joy of the triumphal entry, but soon the crowd’s cry will change from “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him.” How the winds of the public can change!

The contrast of feeling is present in the liturgy of Palm Sunday—the exuberant beginning, then the later sober reading of the Passion. Become present to the two apparently conflicting emotions of joy and sadness. Both are true in our lives, whenever we love greatly.

Spend time Palm Sunday afternoon and evening with the movements of the Passion of Jesus according to Luke.

The Reading for Today
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Take, eat: this is my Body. 22:17
The leader like one who serves 22:26
Not my will but Yours be done. 22:46
To You I give my spirit.23:46

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This is Holy Week, Year C.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
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Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.