PALMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON APRIL 5TH - 8:00AM TO 6:00PM IN THE PARISH PARKING LOT - PLEASE DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME.
ARCHBISHOP BLAIR HAS CANCELLED ALL MASSES AND SACRAMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.
ST. THOMAS CHURCH WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN OPEN MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS FOR PERSONAL PRAYER - SATURDAY UNTIL THURSDAY AM
THE PARISH IS PLANNING TO HAVE ON-LINE HOLY THURSDAY,
GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS.
PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY
APRIL 5, 2020
The crowd watched the parade go by as Jesus of Nazareth entered the holy city of Jerusalem. They shouted “Hurrah –Hosanna to the King of Israel.” They waved tree branches im greeting. For the people of Israel thought: “This is the dream of the prophets come true. We have a Messiah (Savior), who will deliver us from the tyranny of the Roman Empire!”
But it all fell apart. What happened? Where were the Zealots with weapons? Why would God not listen to our prayers? “This was supposed to be our victory.” [Read: Matthew: 21:1-11]
Five days later the crowd (mob) would scream, “Crucify him,” and the fickleness of the human heart would turn against Him, because God did not meet our expectations. Did the Father make a mistake sending the Eternal Word to humble Himself and take on our human nature? Why? And why not, on this experiment here on planet earth, did the Creator just hit the ‘’delete” button and start all over? Or did He- in some distant time and place beyond time and space?
All we know is, in the Christian Sacred Scriptures, - in all four Gospels- at the center of which are His Crucifixion and Resurrection: - Jesus handed himself over to us, suggesting, “accept me or not, and in free will, attempt to destroy my life.”
But the Gospels do not end in defeat, nor could the sin and narcissistic self-centeredness of humans derail God’s infinite and eternal plan of love for us.
Three days later, unseen by anyone, this Jesus was raised from the dead.
Of course, we need not accept this explanation, nor need we believe that we, or our loved ones will live after death. But this is what the followers of Christ have believed for over two thousand years.
This is why we celebrate Easter, not just one day of the year, but every day, and most significantly, on the first day of the week, Sunday, when we gather with our sisters and brothers to celebrate Holy Mass, sharing in the Eucharist, in which Jesus promised us: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will never die.” (John 6:54)
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