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At The Procession with Palms: Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
1st Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7
Resp. Psalm Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56
Too many times we are tempted to listen to what the world says which is not good because the world is under the dominion of Satan. The world cheered Jesus on as he entered Jerusalem but by the next week the tide had turned and he was been betrayed, beaten and crucified.
Jesus chose to suffer and die because His Father asked Him to redeem the world. As Archbishop Sheen once said, an infinite offense (sin) could only be atoned by an infinite remedy — Jesus's death of the Cross.
As we begin the holiest week of our liturgical year may we keep thanking God for this supreme sacrifice. Otherwise, we would truly be hopeless.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD