Today begins the celebration of Holy Week, the greatest week in the calendar of the Church. It is the greatest week because it celebrates the Good News: God has reconciled the world to himself in the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.
On this Passion (Palm) Sunday the Church calls to mind Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery. In the words of the procession rite in today’s Mass: “Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, to rise again.”
The liturgy of this week is not merely an exercise in recalling past events. We share, here and now, in the saving mysteries of Christ. It is no exaggeration to say that our whole vocation as Christians is to share in the paschal mystery of Christ, to join with him in his self-emptying love.