- Pope Francis, Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013
Palm Sunday or as it is also referred, Passion Sunday is a day of contrasts. It begins with the joyful recounting of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It transitions into the sorrowful recounting of Jesus’ passion. When you come to celebrate Palm Sunday, what stands out? Does the joyful entry or the sorrowful passion speak to you? Pope Francis calls people to be joyful Christians. That does not mean that sorrows never touch our hearts and lives. That is unrealistic. The Pope’s call to joy is a challenge, an invitation to reflect on what brings us joy. We experience many joys during our lifetime, but they do not appear to past. True joy, enduring joy, comes from our relationship with the Lord. This week we have a special opportunity to encounter the Lord in our celebration of these holy days. Come and celebrate, come and discover the source of enduring joy.