April 1st is not only a day of jokes, laughs, and pranks but this year Palm Sunday happens to fall on this date. 

The last Sunday of Lent marks the week before Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus returns to Jerusalem where he knows that this is the place of his crucifixion. Jesus displays the Jesuit Value of hope among many others by returning to Jerusalem and dying on behalf of our sins. 

The Bible associates palm branches with joy in Matthew 21:8, as people laid them out on Jesus’s path while praising him.

Another passage displaying joy, John 12:13, says, “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” This elaborates the symbol of hope Jesus was to his followers. 

These followers would shortly be some of the individuals that would proclaim and support his execution. 

A hypocrite or not, the Lord died for each and every one of us. 

Lent is coming to a close, yet Holy Week is only beginning. Holy week is a time of reflection especially as the most significant week begins in the Christian religion — a time to imitate Christ with our words, deeds, and actions. The Jesuit value of reverence for God is especially important for me to celebrate. I believe that through prayer and my genuine love and respect for Jesus; his plan will be shown more vividly to me.

Beginning on Sunday, take time to remember what is truly important in your life. Stop stressing about the small things that will soon fade, but stare in awe at the light of the bigger picture. Jesus’s resurrection is a monumental holiday; don’t forget to celebrate because of the busyness of the world. 

Many families celebrate Easter, the end of Holy Week, but how do you celebrate Palm Sunday?

Sources:

http://www.newadvent.org/

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