Palm Sunday – The triumph of Christ

Scripture Reading – Matthew 21:9-10

The crowds who went in front of him and those who followed were all shouting ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!Hosanna in the highest heavens!’

Cardinal“Our Lord entered into Jerusalem in triumph and then just a few days later he was humiliated, tortured and executed. The contrast between Palm Sunday’s procession and the events of

Good Friday is all too clear: triumph on one day, and total humiliation and disaster on the other.

The story ends well, that is why we read it, why we meditate on it, why we celebrate. The story ends well because the resurrection is the triumph – sin and death will be overcome.

It is not always easy for all of us to spend Holy Week as a special week, thoughtfully and prayerfully. But as far as we can we should plan now to steal time out of a busy life, just to re-read the story of the Passion, and think about it in a prayerful and loving way.


Lord, when I am facing troubles, help me to remember that with your strength they will be overcome.

For the Cardinal Hume Centre

Father, help those who face humiliation and disappointment, to find help and hope at the Centre.

P“I didn’t know who I was any more. Every ‘no’ was like someone had put a knife in me. But, when I came to the Centre they made me think there could be a way out for me.”

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