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Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord (April 13, 2014)
(click here for the Spanish version of Pastor's Pen)
Palm Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s kingship over Jerusalem, and by extension the entire world. The laying of palms and cloaks at Christ’s entrance into the city is the people acknowledging Jesus as victor over Jerusalem; but of course victory in the world according to the world is nothing. How many kings, dictators, and politicians have claimed victory in the world and then try desperately to extend their life span and fail? How many people thought Jesus was leading a revolution to overturn Roman rule only to be disappointed as He hung upon the cross.
As we reflect on the Passion of our Lord according to Mathew, we feel the overwhelming anticipation of Christ suffering as he goes to the cross. In fact we can distinctly understand Christ’s humanness as he cries out, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus knows the suffering, which will be inflicted upon him. Naturally and humanly, he desires to avoid the cross. But, Jesus shows us how to die to ourselves. Although Jesus pleads, preferring anything else then to suffer and die the terrible end of the cross, he accepts the Father’s will when Judas betrays him with a kiss.
How often is betrayal accomplished under the guise of friendship and for your own good; but really the motivations are selfish? How often do we help others out of self-concern? Many scholars agree that Judas thought he was helping God’s plan causing Christ’s glory to be actualized. Although Jesus’ glory is brought to us through the cross and then the resurrection, Judas is on the wrong side because he wanted Jesus to bring the glory of God to earth his way, through military might a worldly victory. How often do we seek a world’s victory in our lives?
Take the passion of Christ to heart by turning away from our own will and die to self; so that you may join yourself to Christ, his body, and Father’s Will. Many times we do not see what God has planned, but trusting in the Holy Spirit and the Church, which is where the Spirit works, we are assured to be on the right side of God’s glory.
Fr. Luke Jauregui
Inspired by Saint Pius X, the parish takes to heart his motto: “To restore All Things in Christ”.This is grounded in personal renewal, parish renewal and in community renewal. The parish celebrates this by actively participating in Eucharist worship, prayer, the Sacraments, promoting social justice and providing a variety of forms of Catholic education available for all members. We are proud of our economic, cultural and age diversity. We share our gifts and resources to live the Gospel of Jesus in a spirit of joy.
St. Pius was born on June 2, 1835, at Riese in the Diocese of Treviso, Italy. Named Joseph Sarto, he was the oldest of eight surviving children of a poor family. He was educated in his home town before he began studies for the priesthood at the seminary in Padua, in 1850. He was ordained on September 18, 1858, at the cathedral in Castelfranco. He was named Bishop of Mantua on November 19, 1884. On June 12, 1893, he was created a cardinal. Ten years later, August 4, 1903, he was elected Pope and crowned on August 9, 1903... [ Click Next ]