Palm Sunday

The Triumph of Christ

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!’ Matthew 21:9

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.

Of course, it is Holy Saturday which provides the clue and gives the whole explanation of why we call this Holy Week. Because the triumph, the real triumph, came through the Passion and death of our Lord, and this because of the resurrection.

The story ends well, that is why we read it, why we meditate on it, why we celebrate it. 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, help me to spend some time with you this week, as we commemorate your Passion, death and resurrection

We pray for all those facing challenges – that they will be able to make the most of their chances.

Reflection by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB – originally in ‘A Turning to God’, edited by Patricia Hardcastle Kelly (DLT 2007), used with permission