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PALM SUNDAY

posted 14 Apr 2019, 00:00 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 14 Apr 2019, 00:00 ]

PALM SUNDAY and the JOURNEY of  HOLY WEEK

And so our Lenten journey has brought us to Holy Week. These seven days make up the week to which all other weeks in the Church’s year lead – the revelation in all its drama of the total and unconditional love of God for us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his triumph over death in the resurrection. It is as if we feel God’s heart pounding next to ours!

This week shows us the drama of our human story, of our journey with God, with all its highs and lows. From the honeymoon excitement of the adoring crowds welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the heart-breaking intimacy of the Last Supper, from the betrayals and tempests of Good Friday through the emptiness and desolation of Holy Saturday to the incredible joy and exhilaration of the Resurrection. It is a week like no other week in the Church’s year in which we are called to be active participants in this drama, not passive observers from afar. As always the more we give the more we will receive. When we make the time and effort to be close to Jesus during these days, we can be touched and transformed in a new and deeper way by the power of his love. He does all of this for us – for me and for you! One way to go deeper this week is to think about what you are struggling with in your life at this moment and bring this to Jesus during these days and see what he wants to teach you about this. If, for example, you are struggling with pride, see how Jesus at every step witnesses to the power of humility, from the lowly donkey he rides on Palm Sunday, to washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper and then his total self-sacrifice on the cross on Good Friday. Or perhaps you struggle with anger, forgiveness, jealousy – whatever it is, let Jesus be your teacher and guide this week so that you can become more like him. 

Finally, please keep in your prayers those adults from our parish who are to be baptised and confirmed at the Easter Vigil – Mary, Joseph, Collin, Ryan, Cheryl, Matthew and Corrine. What gifts they are to receive and what a gift they are to us! Warmest wishes and prayers for you all this Holy Week.

With best wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.