Palm Sunday – Understanding Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday

Jesus had defeated Lucifer [Satan] in heaven; then the latter asked for a rematch on a neutral ground: earth.  Jesus accepted the challenge and for 33 years he defeated Satan [e.g. after his conception by Mary, the evil one suggested to Joseph to divorce Mary but he was defeated; after his birth, Satan wanted to kill the child through Herod, but he was defeated; after his baptism, Satan tempted Jesus as he fasted but he was defeated; in his ministry of teaching, healing and miracles, Satan was defeated numerous times].  Now Satan called for a match on his home ground: hell.  Jesus, confidently accepted the challenge, died and descended into “hell” and there defeated Satan 3 – 0, arising on the third day! Continue here.

The sixth and last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week, a Sunday of the highest rank, not even a commemoration of any kind being permitted in the Mass. In common law it fixes the commencement of Easter duty.  [Mershman, F. (1911). Palm Sunday. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved April 16, 2011 from New Advent]

Below are some homilies and videos that might be useful for your understanding of the Palm Sunday. (Year A)

At the Procession with Palms

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11)

FIRST READING: Is 50:4-7
PSALM: Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
SECOND READING: Phil 2:6-11
GOSPEL: Mt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54

Palm Sunday Video

Palm Sunday – God’s Way

The Passion of the Christ – The Last Supper

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord”
Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart? Jesus went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him — betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion. Read more…

Passion (Palm) Sunday
My brothers and sisters in Jesus, Christ died and lived again that He might be Lord both of the dead and living. [Rom. 14:9] As the Son of God, He atoned for your sins, my sins, our sins. He is your King, my King, our King. Read more…

Thanks to Fr. Stephen from the Philippines 🙂

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