Father Alan's Homily


Palm Sunday 2020

Today, we join the crowd on the road to Jerusalem. We watch as they spread their coats and palm branches before Jesus, the humble king of Israel. We can image ourselves waving palm branches and crying out Hosanna to welcome Jesus. 

And today, Jesus comes, not clothed in regal robes or seated on a magnificent stallion but he comes on a lowly donkey. He enters Jerusalem but he must now enter into our hearts and our lives at this moment in time. He does not enter as a warrior or conquering king! No he comes as the suffering servant as foretold in the Olds Testament centuries before. Jesus comes bringing peace and comfort for his afflicted people under the persecution of Rome and he does the same for us in our time of need. He comes as the Messiah who will lay down his life for his people.

Many people at Jesus’ time asked the question: Who is this man? Some thought he was a prophet, a Rabbi, a wonder-worker, a carpenter’s son. Through faith, we know that he is more than that. We have come to believe that he is the Son of God and that he is our Lord and Savior. 

Today we cannot physically be present to Jesus as on that day in Jerusalem and we cannot lay our coats and palms before him on the road. We cannot even be present in our Churches. We can prostrate ourselves by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. St. Andrew of Crete, in the seventh century said: Let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither but ourselves. 

As we begin this most holiest of weeks, let us thank Jesus for his passion and death. Let us lay down our lives at his feet. During this time of trial and difficulty we realize very quickly the only gift we can Jesus is our very selves. We come into the world with nothing and we will leave this world with nothing except the love we have given to God and to our neighbor.

Pray the Rosary as a family asking Mary’s motherly intercession, pray the Stations of the Cross. The church is open for private prayer and meditation before the Tabernacle. Blessed Palms will be available in the Narthex for you to pick up and take home. Let's unite our prayers in the power of the Holy Spirit. Be safe and be well. Jesus, says I will be with you until the end of the age.