Welcome to Palm Sunday- First Day of Holy Week
"I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out" Luke 19 :28-40
We celebrate Palm Sunday by listening to the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem. JH1 talk about the story when presenting the gospel on Thursday at Mass. We talk about the story and wave palms just like the people did in Jerusalem and we praise and shout with joy. "Hosanna, Hosanna to the King!"
Displeased, the Pharisees tried to silence the disciples. But Jesus said that even if the people were quiet, the stones would cry out his praise instead.
The good news cannot be kept to itself. The people will not be silenced. They know Jesus is the Messiah, and they want to share this with everyone. This contrasts with Peter in the Passion story. He loses faith and denies Jesus three times.
Christ Jesus, forgive me for the times I have lost courage and been unable to speak up for what I know is right. Strengthen our voices to speak from our hearts and to ensure that all people can make themselves heard. Amen.
Living in Harmony with God's Creation.
A prayer for our earth
All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with your peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
‘A prayer for our earth’ was published in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’
We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle, for justice, love and peace.
It is for all who believe in God who is the all-powerful Creator.
Tua Misiloi Co DRS