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April 17, 2011: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Ask Jesus to help you love as he loves you.

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” …
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.
(Matthew 27:45-46, 50)

Every year on Palm Sunday we read the story of Jesus’ suffering and death.
This year we hear St. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ passion and death.
Throughout Lent we have been invited to follow Jesus more closely.
He gave his very life because he loved us. We might say Jesus loved us to death. And he goes on loving us.
Jesus invites us to love as he loves.

Action:

As you remember Jesus this Palm Sunday, ask yourself, “Is there a person I find difficult to love? What would loving that person cost me?”
Ask Jesus to help you love as he loves you.

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