In a past Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis recalled the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Our Holy Father stated that Jesus “awakened so many hopes in the heart, above all among the humble, simple, poor, forgotten people, those who don’t matter in the eyes of the world.” He also stated, “Don’t let yourselves be robbed of hope.” In another address, EWTN News reported that Pope Francis warned against taking the path of the world which tempts us with “vanity, pride, success.” Our Holy Father indicated that this is how the devil tested Jesus during his forty days in the desert. He noted that Jesus “immediately rejected” this temptation and explained that “with him, we too can overcome this temptation, not only at significant moments, but in daily life as well.” He urged us to take Holy Week seriously, to share in the suffering of Christ, so that we may share in his glory.
In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Our Holy Father continues to focus on the need for conversion and spiritual renewal as we strive to resist the many temptations of this world. He continues to stress the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially during this time of the year. He reminds us that conversion is a lifetime commitment and urges the faithful to frequently avail themselves of the Sacrament. We are challenged to acknowledge our sinfulness, rather than rationalize or excuse it. We can then turn to the Lord and ask for his pardon, mercy, and forgiveness.
As we begin this special time, as suggested in the past, please carefully review the schedule of our Masses and our other liturgical services for the week and plan to participate to the extent possible. Details can be found in the Parish bulletin and on the Parish website. Today, as we celebrate and experience the joy of Palm Sunday, as we shout “Hosanna”, we are challenged to heed the example of Our Holy Father and strive to embrace a spirit of conversion and renewal as we continue and persevere on our Lenten journey of faith.