In a brief message before the prayer, he invited Catholics to live Holy Week ‘as the tradition of God’s holy faithful people teaches us, that is, accompanying the Lord Jesus with faith and love.’
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‘Brothers and sisters, a love like this, embracing us totally and to the very end, a love of Jesus like this, has the capacity to turn our stony hearts into hearts of flesh, and make them capable of mercy, tenderness and compassion.’
SCRIPTURES & ART: This Sunday, we hear about three of Matthew’s unique details about the fate of Judas, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the guard at the tomb — along with the Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
As the Church enters Holy Week, the faithful use palms to commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion and the Passion liturgically.
‘Let us journey toward Easter with his forgiveness.’
The Holy Father urged ‘a truce that will lead to peace, through real negotiation that is even disposed to some sacrifice for the good of the people,’ adding ‘Christ bore his cross to free us from the dominion of evil. He died so that life, love, peace might reign.’
Jesus, by forgiving his enemies, demonstrated one of his most demanding commandments: that we love our enemies, Pope Francis continued.
The scene of Jesus’ appearance before Herod is depicted in art by 18th-century painter John Valentine Haidt.
User’s Guide to Palm Sunday