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Palm Sunday

Jesus enters our city, our life.

3/26/2021
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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Jesus enters Jerusalem. The crowd of disciples accompanies him in festive mood, their garments are stretched out before him, there is talk of the miracles he has accomplished, and loud praises are heard: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Lk 19:38).

Crowds, celebrating, praise, blessing, peace: joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings, he has shown the face of God’s mercy, and he has bent down to heal body and soul.

This is Jesus. This is his heart which looks to all of us, to our sicknesses, to our sins. The love of Jesus is great. And thus he enters Jerusalem, with this love, and looks at us. It is a beautiful scene, full of light - the light of the love of Jesus, the love of his heart - of joy, of celebration.

 

We too repeated it. We waved our palms. We too welcomed Jesus; we too expressed our joy at accompanying him, at knowing him to be close, present in us and among us as a friend, a brother, and also as a King: that is, a shining beacon for our lives. Jesus is God, but he lowered himself to walk with us. He is our friend, our brother. He illumines our path here. And in this way we have welcomed him today.  Pope Francis says:  here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! And in this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us. Do not listen to him! Let us follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world. Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us.


We are living a very significant day that belongs to us: the moment when the crowd welcomes, acclaims and recognizes Jesus "The One who comes in the name of the Lord " and then the moment when, because of the sin of humanity, the enemies, authority and people condemn Him to death.

Also each of us has often been enthusiastic about Christ and so often denied Him.

To celebrate the last Passover of His earthly life, Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem as Lord. The festive crowd greets Him as the One who is sent by God and acclaims Him. However, Jesus did not come to reign over His people, but to be condemned by the leaders of the nation and to die on the cross, trough a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of mankind. His throne is the cross. His weapons are love. His kingdom is peace. His triumph is the victory over sin, death, the devil and hell. Thus, the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, that Sunday, was for Him a vague prelude to the spiritual triumph towards which  His suffering, death on the cross and resurrection from the dead would lead Him.

 

Every Christian should follow the same path in his life. He should not allow himself to be tempted by earthly glory, but rather seek true glory in the struggle against evil in this world and in the victory over it. We can’t reach this victory and glory if we do not follow the footsteps of Christ on the way of the cross. To achieve true victory, we must not trust in ourselves, in our strength, but in the grace of God; we must take up the arms of God, that are, as St. Paul highlights: truth, justice, apostolic zeal, faith, word of God and prayer (Eph 6: 14-18).

 

In the third book of Luisa’s diary, in addition to the poem of the cross, we find many teachings of Jesus on the Cross, as a manifestation of the glory of God

At the beginning of Holy Week of the Lord’s Passion, the invitation for all of us is to turn our gaze to the cross of Christ.

The cross is a mirror in which the soul observes the Divinity, and by reflecting herself in it, she acquires the features and the likeness which most resemble God. The cross must not only be loved, desired, but one must hold the very cross as an honor, a glory. This is to operate as God and to become like God by participation, because God alone gloried in the cross and considered suffering an honor for Him, and He loved it so much that in His whole life He did not want to be one moment without the cross.

If the Eucharist is the deposit of the future glory, the cross is the disbursement with which to purchase it. If the Eucharist is the seed that prevents corruption – like those aromatic herbs that prevent decomposition when applied to cadavers – and gives immortality to soul and body, the cross embellishes and is so powerful that if debts have been contracted, it becomes their guarantor, and it more surely obtains the restitution of the debt’s deed. And after it has satisfied every debt, it forms for the soul the most refulgent throne in the future glory. The cross and the Eucharist alternate, and one operates more powerfully than the other.

The cross is Jesus’ flowery bed, not because He did not suffer harrowing spasms, but because by means of the cross He delivered many souls to grace, and He could see many beautiful flowers bloom, which would produce many celestial fruits. So, in seeing so much good, He held that bed of suffering as His delight, and He delighted in the cross and in suffering. We also are invited to take pains as delights, and delight in being crucified on Jesus’s cross.

don Marco
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