Passion of the Lord – Palm Sunday ~ The Rev. Dcn. Igor Kalinski, OPI

“Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated  upon and ass’ s colt” ~John 12:15

It begins the Great or Holy Week, when in 8 days we celebrate the greatest secrets of Christianity: Jesus’ passion, death, burial and resurrection. The flowering plant is an introduction to that celebration. The contents of the Palm Sunday reveal the priest’s greeting, which begins the faithful’s meeting in the church, and reads: “Today we gather to begin the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, that is, the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.” That is why Jesus entered his city of Jerusalem, ready to accept the cross in order to redeem people from evil for the freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

“Dear brothers and sisters!

The solemn revelation of Jesus’ passion – brought to us today by the Gospel of Luke – has certainly evoked in all of us, who are people of faith, deep feelings and thoughts that lead us to a radical conversion of life.

And indeed, this is exactly what the path of prayer and penance, typical of the Lenten season, was supposed to lead us to.

Jesus solemnly enters Jerusalem and this represents an event of fundamental importance, above all for Jesus, and then for his disciples and for us today, the people of the New Covenant in His death and Resurrection.

Instead, by entering the Jerusalem Temple, after the solemn welcome we remembered a few moments ago, Jesus makes us understand that the Kingdom of God is the true inheritance of salvation, whose Messiah, the Savior, makes men its partakers again, and who have lost it. because of the misery of his own sin.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, with Jesus we come out of the illusion of the ancient temple to enter into the reality of the salvation of the kingdom of God, through the journey, which above all requires, to leave sin and all that is evil in God’s eyes.

Each of us carries a lot of good in us, but also a lot of bad. Here, if we want to enter the Kingdom of God, we must strip ourselves of this evil, which not only harms us personally, but causes harm to the entire Christian community. And indeed, just as we speak of the “communion of saints,” that is, of the intimate communion among all those who use the gift of Baptism and who are consistent in that gift in their lives, so we can speak of the intimate connection between all who do evil and live in disharmony. with the commitments they received on the day of their Baptism.

However, there is another event that follows the solemn entry of Jesus into Jerusalem: the expulsion of the merchants from the temple, which we find in the Gospel of Mark, in chapter 11, verses 15 to 18.

In particular, by expelling the merchants from the temple, Jesus wants us to understand that the outward forms of godliness and all that is associated with them — which is sometimes misunderstood as the power of salvation — are in reality, in themselves, of no value, and unable to mediate. our salvation. Instead, they have value when they are an expression of a heart that is fully attached to the Lord, a heart that knows how to do God’s will, a heart that is obedient to the Church, even when the Church, in God’s name, offers us truths contrary to our way of thinking. , for the ways of the Lord do not coincide with our selfish and materialistic ways.

The flowering plant opens the door to Holy Week, into the sea of suffering that Jesus went through to enter into his glory. There are two reasons for this: First, Jesus ’passion and death are the foundation on which his glorious resurrection is built and on which our salvation rests. Through Jesus ’suffering we are redeemed, our sins are destroyed and atoned for, and we are reconciled to God. The Church cannot forget the suffering and death by which the world was saved, so it is mentioned every year for gratitude. The second reason is a unique event in our history – the resurrection of Jesus. Namely, Jesus earned eternal life by his death. One cannot forget the death by which Life came? Jesus ‘death overcame our death, and Jesus’ resurrection guarantees eternal life to the baptized. The Church solemnly celebrates this truth as the truth of salvation and the source from which Christian daily life is nourished, carried by the hope that our death, like Jesus’, will be a passage to Life.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and Holy Ghost, Amen.