14th April 2019
Gospel Luke 22:14 – 23:56
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Now when he was near Bethphage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives as it is called, he sent two of the disciples, telling them, ‘Go off to the village opposite, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” you are to say this, “The Master needs it”.’ The messengers went off and found everything just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owner said, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ and they answered, ‘The Master needs it’.
So they took the colt to Jesus, and throwing their garments over its back they helped Jesus on to it. As he moved off, people spread their cloaks in the road, and now, as he was approaching the downward slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole group of disciples joyfully began to praise
God at the top of their voices for all the miracles they had seen. They cried out:
‘Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens!’
Some Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Master, check your disciples’, but he answered, ‘I tell you, if these keep silence the stones will cry out’.
Blessed is He who comes
This was not the first time that the people recognized Christ as the king they expected. It had already happened after the miraculous multiplication of the loaves, when the crowd wanted to carry him in triumph. Jesus knew however that his kingdom was not of this world; for this reason he had fled from their enthusiasm. He now sets out for Jerusalem to face the trial that awaits him. He is aware that he is going there for the last time, for a “holy” week, at the end of which the
passion, cross and death await him. He faces all this with complete willingness, knowing that in this way the Father’s eternal plan will be fulfilled in him.
Since that day, the Church throughout the world has repeated the words of the crowd in Jerusalem: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. She repeats it every day while celebrating the Eucharist, shortly before the consecration. She repeats it with particular emphasis today, Palm Sunday.
St. John Paul II, Homily, March 1997
Thu 18 Maundy Thursday
Fri 19 Good Friday
Sat 20 Holy Saturday
Psalter week II
Readings for Easter Sunday
In Jesus, they recognize the One who truly comes in the name of the Lord and brings God’s presence among them. In the Church, this cry of hope of Israel, this acclamation of Jesus during his entry into Jerusalem, has with good reason become the acclamation of the One who comes in
the Eucharist to meet us in a new way. We greet with the cry of “Hosanna!” the One who brought God’s glory to the earth in flesh and blood.
We greet the One who came yet always remains, the One who is to come. We greet the One who, in the Eucharist, always comes to us again in the name of the Lord, thus joining the ends of the earth in God’s peace.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, World Youth Day 2006.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE There is no celebration of any sacraments from Thursday Mass of the Last Supper until the Easter vigil.
Maundy Thursday Mass at 8pm (no 9am Mass). Polis at 6pm.
Good Friday Service at 3pm in AK and Polis.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm. Polis at 7pm.
Easter Sunday Masses as usual (10, 11 and 12)
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