Palm Sunday 2020 COVID-19
Today is a special day in the Liturgical year of the Church. It is so important that at the mass in which we bless the palms, we have two gospels; the gospel of Jesus entering Jerusalem, and at every mass we hear the Passion of our Lord. The Church enters Holy week as Jesus enters his final week and we are invited to travel this week with Him.
This year travelling with Him is much harder than usual as for the first time in recent history, many Catholic churches throughout the world are prohibited from having public mass. It would seem that this Holy week is a bust; no public masses and no public venerations.
But is it a bust? Is Holy week ruined? I think not. I think that God and His church calls us to travel with Christ this week in a different, but truly satisfying way.
This week Jesus will spend his last days with His disciples. He spends this time in an intimate and authentic way. What if we did the same. What if we took a hint from the Jewish Seder and spent one night this week, with our family having a very open, intimate discussion about our faith, our worries and our hopes. What if that time was spent with prayer, scripture, sharing, laugh and tears. Would we not be truly traveling with Jesus in final days.
What if we took this opportunity and watched the masses as a family. Spent time after discussing the importance of each mass. And how that mass impacts are lives. Would that not be travelling with Jesus?
What if this week, we embraced our isolation by spending an hour just conversing with Christ. When Jesus was in the garden, he felt alone and isolated. He poured out his heart to the Father. What if we entered the Garden with Jesus and poured out our heart to the Father? Wouldn’t that be truly travelling with Jesus?
What if you sought your own ways to walk with Christ differently this year than you ever have before? Search your heart and look for the ways Christ is calling you to journey with Him.
This entire week of Liturgy is filled with anguish, despair, sadness, and every other emotion; just as our life right now. But the week ends with great happiness and great triumph, when we discover that Jesus has overcame death, and washed away our sins. And so on Easter Sunday, rejoice and have a small party with your family because Jesus overcomes all things for us.
This week in the Church is about Hope. Despite the troubles that Jesus would face, he would be triumphant. My Brothers and sisters, the virus may cause us separation, sorrow, and fear, but, I know that this will end and we will be reunited. We hope for a good outcome, we hope this ends soon, but mostly we hope in the promise of Christ and rest assured that the Lord never disappoints, but always brings us closer to Him.
The Lord invites us to walk with him. He is giving us this rare opportunity to walk with Him in a way we never have before. Let us take full advantage of this opportunity and see Holy Week and this journey to the Cross with Christ in newer, deeper way.