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The Faithful Witness

Monday, March 22, 2021

Palm Sunday. Fr Benjamin Earl considers the full meaning of Christ's last words from the Cross. Read more

Who Is This?

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (A)  |  Fr Fergus Kerr invites us to rediscover the identity of Jesus as the drama of Holy Week unfolds once more, not only in our churches, but also in our homes and in our hearts. Read more

Sons Out of Stones

Friday, April 12, 2019

Palm Sunday (C)  |  Fr Leon Pereira ponders the false humility that would limit God and so refuse his divinising love and grace.   Read more

The Hour of the Son of Man

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion  |  Fr Bruno Clifton gives a Scripturally-rich entrée into the Great Week of our salvation. Read more

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord  |  Fr Robert Ombres meditates on our entry in Jerusalem together with Jesus as Holy Week begins. Read more

The Three Herods

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. fr Peter Harries contrasts the Kingship of Jesus with that of the three Herods we find in Scripture.  Read more

Hail the King

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Allan White compares the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with the imperial might of the Roman Emperor. Read more

Mixed Messages!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Peter Clarke reflects upon the contradictory reactions which Jesus Christ encountered on His entry into Jerusalem. Read more

Not Just One of the Crowd

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Timothy Radcliffe warns us of the seductiveness of the mob. Read more

Staying the Course

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Fr Gregory Murphy encourages us to arise with Christ and follow him out of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane provides the final lesson in discipleship given by Jesus before his execution and exaltation, and that lesson is rooted in prayer.

After establishing his communion with his disciples at the last supper Jesus for once takes them with him as he withdraws to pray, further emphasising the importance of this by picking out Peter and the sons of Zebedee, those who had witnessed his transfiguration on the mountain. Jesus prays alone, as on previous nights, but asks that they remain close and support him in his distress. His prayer allows us some sense of the struggle in the soul of Jesus, and suggests why he wishes the support of those who had been closest to him in his ministry.

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