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Sunday, April 10, 2022, Palm Sunday – also known as Fashion Sunday – commemorates the entry of Christians into the Holy City of Jerusalem before Jesus was crucified. As described in the Bible, palm fronds and clothing were placed in the path of Jesus on his donkey.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, the liturgical commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Jesus was greeted with the slogans “Hosanna in the highest”, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
The Lord’s sacred entry is the “fulfillment of ancient prophecy” and “the proclamation of Christ as the long-awaited anointed Savior.” Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, and associate professor at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, shared with Fox News Digital via email.
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“The presence of the Lord in the Holy City evoked a festive joy,” said Kirby, who was ordained by Pope Francis as a papal missionary of grace.
Fr. Kirby said he greeted Jesus with the slogans “High Hosanna” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Recognizing “the glory and majesty of the Son of God,” the crowd threw their garments and palms at the Lord’s feet, Kirby noted.
Kirby said Palm Sunday’s voice expression was “strange.”
Throughout Jesus’ three years of public ministry, he explained that he had noticed what was called the “Messianic mystery” – advising people not to tell others who he was.
“Palm Sunday is a celebration of the truth. It is a call to all believers and well-meaning people to speak the truth to authority, to society and to one another.”
The reason for the Messianic mystery? The more people who have learned who He really is, the more “limited” Christ will be in “declaring” to reach other cities and villages.[ing] Good news, “said Kirby.
Christ wanted to “veil” his identity for a time, he explained.
On the contrary, as soon as he entered Jerusalem, Kirby said, “The Lord Jesus allowed Hosanna to sing, for which he had been charged a high price, and he was paid for the honorable deeds which he did when he entered the city.” “The religious elders of his day were very restless by this affair and told the Lord to stop chanting and devotion.”
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“They were concerned about the reaction of the Roman authorities to the occupation of the Holy Land at that time,” he explained.
Kirby continued, “However, in response to their request, the Lord announced that if His disciples were silent, the stones of Jerusalem would cry out for the anointed Savior to come.”
“The Lord realized the consequences of speaking the truth and accepted them all. Love speaks the truth.”
In this way, Kirby explained, “Palm Sunday is a celebration of the truth.
Kirby said that Christ’s “bold announcement” that the anointed Savior had come “today opens the door to the proclamation of every other truth” – particularly “directly affecting the spiritual and moral health of the human family.”
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“In our time, we are called to speak the truth in love,” he said.
“In the sense of Palm Sunday, we cannot remain silent. We see our world and must declare forgotten truths,” Fr. Kirby said, “The list goes on and on – especially the personality of the unborn, the truth of both sexes, the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of motherhood as the natural right of biological women, the diligence of the innocence of children, the fundamental importance of parental rights, the justice against the Critical Race Theory of Value.”
The Lord Jesus “boldly” proclaimed the truth, “The crowd shouted, ‘Hosanna!'” Kirby said. “A few days later, another crowd shouted, ‘Crucify him!’
“The Lord knew the consequences of speaking the truth, and He accepted it all,” Kirby said. “Love speaks the truth.”
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“We are called to follow the Lord Jesus and to speak the truth,” he said. Kirby said.
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Fear will not allow us to remain silent or cowardice to control us, ”he said. “Truth changes the world by living and being spoken. True love unleashes and allows great things to be born.”
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“We see it uniquely on Palm Sunday in the witness of the Lord Jesus,” said Fr. Kirby.
“If we allow it, we can see that fact reflected in every day of our lives.”