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Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017

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          Today’s Mass takes a dramatic change from joyful “Hosannas” to horrifying screams to “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” And so goes our lives.  We hit our mountain top experiences during and right after retreats or when things are moving along perfectly, when we praise God, or worse forget to thank God altogether.  And then when we face difficulty or tragedy, it is so easy to scream, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.”  Yet, those may not be our exact words. 

          We call this week Holy for a reason.  From today until next Sunday, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and are immediately invited to remain in the Garden with Jesus and pray in our area where the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed.  On Good Friday we have four services:  at Noon our Youth Group will be leading a Living Stations of the Cross, at three o’clock we will have our Passion Service in English with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion, at 6 p.m. our Community area churches will have the Stations of the Cross down by the Marina, and beginning at 7 p.m. our Spanish Community will have the reading of the Passion combined with Living Stations, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.  At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, we will have our Great Easter Vigil when we not only celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection, but also welcome into our faith some 35 who will receive the Sacraments of Initiation.  Then on Easter Sunday, we celebrate 3 Masses here, two in English and one in Spanish and one at Coastal.

          Jesus expresses to us in His Passion and death what God is eternally for us: self-giving love.  Such a gift is never earned, but is best received in giving to others that which is received.  Those who think they have received it, but choose to hoard it have never received it in the first place!