PALM SUNDAY THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Kelsey Kierce, C '16
"Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross."
This passage comes from St. Paul's letter to the Philippians. St. Paul wrote this letter while sitting in prison awaiting the possibility of death. Scholars believe in this passage Paul is quoting an early Christian hymn with which the Philippians would have been familiar. This hymn calls on the Philippians to imitate Christ, and today the hymn is calling on us to imitate Him.
Now, I know when most people gear up for Palm Sunday all they are thinking about is standing for the longest gospel reading ever-the Passion account. However, if we really let the readings of this day sink in we will rediscover the amazing love that Christ has for us. Christ, in all his Divine glory, came down to Earth and became human. He became one with us to show us how to live and how to love others as He loves us. As if this wasn't enough, He then died for our sins so that we may live in eternity with Him forever.
On this Palm Sunday, let us reflect on the humility that Christ exemplifies. Let us humble ourselves and become obedient to Him, who deserved none of what He suffered yet did so out of love for us.
Lord, thank You for doing such an unfathomable deed for someone as undeserving as me. Help me in humility to serve those around me. During this Holy week, empty me so that I may be filled with only You. Amen.
Is 50: 4-7, Ps 22: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24, Phil 2: 6-11; Mt 26: 14-27:66