Before getting into the readings, I want to invite you all to join us for the Triduum liturgies this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are unique moments in our Church year that bear unbelievable fruits in the souls of those who attend. Christ gave us Himself in His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We can give Him the gift of our time on these three most sacred days.
‘Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples."
He said in reply, "I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!"’ (Lk 19:40)
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was a remarkable event even from a purely secular point of view. Here was the man whom many powerful people were seeking to kill, and He entered the city like a conquering hero! The people of the city received Jesus as they had received the Ark of the Covenant in the time of King David. They may not have known the real cause for their joy, but we can see their procession now as the first Eucharistic procession.
Jesus is the physical presence of God among us, and He deserves great reverence whenever we are in His Presence. As the people of Jerusalem bowed low to lay their cloaks at His feet, so we lower ourselves in genuflection in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament. We echo their cries of joy when we sing their very words: “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!” before prostrating ourselves at His altar for the Eucharistic Prayer. In each celebration of the Holy Mass we enter into this joyful moment as we receive our King in His Most Holy Body and Blood. So let us sing out with joy in our Eucharistic acclamations, and cry out with the stones to His glory!