When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel.”
Today, in preparation for Easter, we retell the story of Jesus’ saving passion and death. We are reminded that Jesus died for us though we are sinners. In our sinfulness, we play the role of the crowd, calling for Jesus’ death, and yet Jesus begs the Father to forgive us. Jesus even extends mercy to the criminal who simply asks Jesus to remember him. As we give thanks for so great a salvation, we are reminded to extend forgiveness and mercy to everyone around us. Therefore, let us ask ourselves these questions: Do others see me as merciful and forgiving? Am I quick to forgive or do I hold grudges? Would others describe me as a peacemaker? Who do I most need to forgive? If we don’t like the answers to the questions above, then we should ask God for the grace to be more forgiving and merciful.
On Good Friday, we have the opportunity to join in the Divine Mercy Novena, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day until Divine Mercy Sunday (April 8). Given the violence and suffering in our world, I implore you to join me in this devotion for our world greatly needs Mercy! Materials will be made available at church and further explanations of the devotion are available to share on-line:
Lord, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
– Fr. Gordon