I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Reflections for March 24, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Luke 23:1-49

My Reflections:
When Jesus was already on the cross only a handful stood by Him: His mother Mary, His apostle John and a few others. That is very understandable; for who would want to be identified with a badly punished defeated man hanging on the cross?

However, there was another man who suddenly had that enlightenment to follow Jesus, none other than one of the criminals on the cross beside Him. The enlightened criminal was in a hellish situation but he was unexpectedly brought into paradise by Jesus.

What was the key to the criminal’s sudden salvation? He humbly asked Jesus to remember him when He is already in His kingdom. This was the key to the criminal’s salvation. What does this gospel episode tells us? We who’ve been betraying Jesus through our countless sins have hope also. We too could possess that same paradise no matter how grave the sins that we have committed.     

As we are ushered into this Holy Week let us try to recall our sins. If we have not yet been through the Sacrament of Reconciliation let us humbly submit to this Healing Sacrament. Let us also not forget to follow the solemn church liturgical activities during this holiest of weeks.

Let us be ready with our palms to rejoice with Jesus as we celebrate His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. And be prepared also to join Him in His passion through the Way of the Cross. Let us be present in the Institution of the Eucharist and emulate the humility of Jesus as He washes the feet of the apostles during Holy Thursday. 

Let us not forget to venerate the Cross this Good Friday. Finally, let us be present in the Easter Vigil after sundown on Holy Saturday and fulfill our Sunday obligation during Easter Sunday.    

Our paradise with Jesus begins this Palm Sunday. …

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