Holy Cross Catholic Church
The Pastor' Note
Palm Sunday

Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Matthew 26:14--27:66

Jesus Undergoing the Worst

The first reading is challenging for me: "The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary, a word that will rouse them.

So many of us are weary of the situation we're in, and wonder how long can it go on? I don't know what to say, other than that Jesus would be willing to go through anything we go through, no matter how bad the situation.

What he endured wasn't from any virus, but was what human hands inflicted on him. Nowadays, we know it as capital punishment.

But Jesus would willingly go through whatever struggles we go through, if only to help us get through it. He's not removed from our human situation, but is with us all the way. If we need strength, energy, and encouragement, we can draw it from him as he sits beside us, walks alongside us, or kneels with us on a hard floor.

Just knowing that we're not going through anything all on our own strength can help us to survive, and with more energy than we had imagined. Whether we've washed our hands first or not, he's ready to walk hand-in-hand with us.

Fr. Greg

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