We are cheering Christ as He enters into Jerusalem. He has not arrived in a chariot, or a limousine, not even on a colt. He came on a donkey. We need to be like children to believe it. He entered as King, but not the King that the world will agree to accept, for He undermines the foundation of sin on which it stands. Christ opens new horizons. He brings us to a new life and fills it with a new purpose and meaning.
And so the world sent Christ to the Golgotha. He died on the Cross between two robbers, but He came out with a victory. He humbled his enemies as they were still dividing His belongings among themselves. He died for the eternal salvation of our souls, and He gave us life. He is the King we are greeting today. He governs by the commandments of love, not the laws of this world.
Yet billions in this world are still living without Christ. An incredible number! And can we even dare to imagine what is happening in their minds? They disbelieve in everlasting life. They still cling to all things perishable and finite, but soon they will have little to hold on to. In the absence of God and His Divine Love, things lose their value and become worthless.
But His Divine Love continues to nourish us and keep us strong. It gives us the strength to rejoice in God, even when in great difficulty. It takes remarkable courage to rejoice in God no matter what. So may we all continue to rejoice and have His help. As you take the branches of the pussy willows to your homes, remember the Divine Love that the Lord sheds on us so generously at church. Let us pass it around, carry each others' burdens and live by the commandments of Christ.
May God save and protect us all!
In the Gospel, many people gather around Christ. Yet only one of them is healed. Today, we took the Body and Blood of Jesus in us. He gives us true healing, and we need no other.
Recently, we commemorated the new martyrs and confessors of Russia who sacrificed themselves for our faith, our ability to come to Church to accept the Body and Blood of Christ and commune in Him.
We are working hard to make our lives better to the best of our ability. We are not wrong. Yet, in a sense, our hard work and our lives tend to lose focus, and we risk losing our direction by not following the goals given to us by our Lord.
Living with love means to harbour in our hearts healthy thoughts, to seek goodness and beauty all the time and to see God.
At some point, we will all face up to eternity. But to have eternal life, we must already learn to live a full life in love and faith. Christ is in our midst, and He will never abandon us.
There are two agendas to our lives. One comprises the things of this world, the other relates to our riches in heaven. It is a formidable challenge to pursue both at the same time.
The basis of his brilliant statesmanship was the great Christian virtues, and their exercise made his whole life a Christian exploit