Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016

Today we are entering liturgical prime time.  Holy Week is full of words and packed with action.  Mystery takes the initiative and if we open our minds and hearts to the Mystery, this week will, as the poet says, “catch the heart off guard and blow it open.”

We begin this Holy Week remembering Jesus entered Jerusalem mounted on a colt.  Luke does not emphasize the entry into Jerusalem as such.  He pays more attention to the “colt that has never been ridden” and how they obtained the colt.  Then he adds “after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.”  Most scholars agree that with this description Luke is signaling the fulfillment of the words of Zechariah from the Hebrew bible.

What impelled him to make this trip? It was Passover and groups of pilgrims were coming from every direction singing with joy at the end of their long walk.  On the other side of the city Pilate entered the city as a conquering warrior king riding on a war-horse. We have no way of knowing what Jesus was thinking as he entered the city.

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