PALM SUNDAY CELEBRATION (PASSION SUNDAY)
This year again offers us the golden opportunity to mark the Holy Week that culminates our Lenten observance and the eventual glorious event of our salvation. Just think of the two sided nature of this dramatic event: the joyful entrance into Jerusalem and the sorrowful journey to Calvary. The crowd that applauded, praised, sang, danced, shouted and honored him was not rented. They were true and real people who at that moment supported and believed in Him. The next moment, they sang a different tune and started working against him. They wanted him dead. Many denied him, ridiculed him, scorned him, spat at him, jeered at him and mocked him. It is an incomprehensible nature of human brings, who are complex and sometimes hypocritical. How often have I denied Christ, mocked him and do all sorts of things to degrade him. Some of us prefer to join those in authority, conspirators, deceivers, liars, and anarchists against Christ. Unbelievable, people opted for Barabas the criminal against Christ. The palms we raise today show some kind of reverence and support. May we continue to hold our palms for him and stand with him and never join those who deny him, who crucify him over and over. God help us to make fruitful and peaceful Easter celebration.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE