Sunday Sermon:) Palm Sunday in the Palm of Your Hand

21 Mar

In a world where news of inhumanity bombards our sensibilities, where grasping for things goes so far beyond our needs, where time is squandered in busyness, it is a pleasure and a privilege to pause for a look at handiwork, to see beauty amidst utility, and to know that craft traditions begun so long ago serve us today.” 

― John Wilson

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Today is Palm Sunday. It was very crowded at 9 o’clock Mass. Everyone was asked to come out to the vestibule to receive blessed palms, sing, and process back into church. 

The Gospel was from Luke 22 :14-23-56. This was a long Gospel covering the Last Supper, Judas’ betrayal, Peter denying Jesus three times, the sentencing of Jesus, crucifixion and death. My take on it…this one Gospel chapter is a compact culmination of the entire brief life of Jesus here on earth. A reflection on the brevity of life.

During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into church. The palms are blessed and many people will fashion them into small crosses or other items of personal devotion. These may be returned to the church, or kept for the year.
Because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are appropriately gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the follow year’s Ash Wednesday observance.The colors of the Mass on Palm Sunday are red and white, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

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Last year, I found a video on how to make a cross with my palms. It’s actually pretty easy. A way to make something with your own hands, and remember this day all year long. ” Beauty amidst utility.”

  
  

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