We raise our palm leaves with awe and worship
We raise our palm leaves with awe and worship to welcome Christ, the Emperor of Life and the High Priest. Amazingly, as the Priest and Victim, the Holy Host, he is preparing himself for sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God, who was slaughtered instead of Isaac. He is the Lamb whose blood was sprinkled upon us, so that we are safe. He is the Lamb of God, who is given to us. He has asked us to take Him and eat His Precious Body.
We raise our palm leaves with awe and worship to welcome Christ. He enters Jerusalem, God’s property, as the Warrior. As we will see during Holy Week and Holy Triduum, He gives no chance to spiritual forces. Jesus Christ came to wrest from hearts the core of sin, which has divided the soul from the body, life from eternity, man from God.
At the gates of Jerusalem the time for imitating Christ reaches its threshold. ‘You cannot come where I am going’ (J. 13:33) says the Lord. Although we were invited to follow His footsteps; although we were taught how to rise from the table, gird our hips, kneel down and wash the feet of our neighbours, all our actions have now reached their limit. Our imitation of the Lord has its limit. This limit is the beginning of worship, and the beginning of working with Christ, in Christ and through Christ. This is where our nature submits itself to grace.
We raise our palm leaves with awe and worship. There are some things which only He can do, and doors which only He can enter. Let Him be our Redeemer Let us adore, the Saviour of the world. Fr Stan