From the Pastor’s Desk

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Mar 24, 2024

The Eucharist as the Source of Reconciliation
He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31

Brothers and Sisters,

How often do we turn our prayers into directives for the Almighty, telling God how to act? “Lord, if you’re truly omnipotent, then surely you’ll intervene here.” “Lord, if your mercy knows no bounds, then I expect you’ll swiftly forgive my transgressions.” Yet, Jesus’ actions often defied their expectations despite his clear teachings and his disciples’ preparedness. What seemed like failure to the world was, in fact, triumph in disguise.

The fleeting adulation Jesus received upon entering Jerusalem is a stark reminder of human fickleness. As we reflect on his passion, consider the drastic shift in the crowd’s sentiments—from chanting “Hosanna in the highest!” to demanding “Crucify him.” How easily are we swayed? Yet, despite mockery and challenges to his authority, Jesus willingly laid down his life for us.

As the Eucharist is broken before our eyes on the altar so that we may partake of his Body and Blood, we are given the opportunity to shout what the crowds should have proclaimed: “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world…” The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We need the Eucharist to have life in the same way that we need air or food. Without Jesus, we have no sustenance.

During the Penitential Act at Mass, we are prompted to reflect on our sins. However, unlike the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest does not offer absolution. Instead, his words are a plea for mercy and forgiveness from God. Therefore, it is appropriate to refrain from making the Sign of the Cross. Nevertheless, during the Mass, we are forgiven of all venial sins as we encounter Jesus and his sacrifice. In this encounter with the Lord Jesus and his sacrifice, we receive forgiveness (as explained in the Catechism §§1393-1394 regarding the fruits of Holy Communion).

Through embracing the way of the Cross, Jesus grants us true and enduring forgiveness. As we prepare for the holiest days of the Triduum, let’s cultivate gratitude. Make time for genuine meditation on the Mystery of his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Through Jesus, the path to union with God is wide open. We’re not merely restored to an innocent state like Adam and Eve but offered a redemption far greater—a genuine union with God. Come, let us adore! Let us gather at the altar of our salvation, ready to journey with him through suffering to the cross and the emptiness of the tomb, that we may experience the fullness of life in the Garden of the Resurrection!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Going on at OLPH:

SCOUTING RETREAT – All scouts are invited to join the Archdiocese of Baltimore for a retreat on April 19-21, 2024 at the Walkersville Watershed. There will be camping, inspiring talks, Mass and adoration and fun activities. The cost is only $15 for the entire weekend. Use the following link to register: https://scoutingevent.com/220-scoutingretreat2024. Deadline April 5, 2024 Questions? Contact Deacon Jim Nuzzo @ jnuzzo2010@comcast.net

Join our Seventh Annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 11, 2024! The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen will host this event to celebrate LIFE and raise funds to support women facing unplanned pregnancies. Consider becoming a sponsored walker and invite your friends and family for a fun-filled morning, including a short walk on the church grounds, light refreshments, kids’ activities, prizes, and more! Furry friends are welcome, too. REGISTER at pcnministry.org. – We look forward to walking with you!

Knights of Columbus Formation and Financial and Planning Opportunities” ~ By Sean Fitzpatrick – You are invited to the next meeting of the Knights of Columbus on Monday Evening, March 25, at 7:00 PM in Harrison Hall, or you are welcome to attend via Zoom (Meeting ID: 885 2921 1362, Passcode: 9638) as fellow Catholic, Sean Fitzpatrick offers a brief history of How and Why the Knights of Columbus was founded. Then, he will dive into the financial protection & planning opportunities available through the Knights of Columbus, including the newest enhancements & additions. You are welcome to bring family and friends, and light refreshments will be served.