Reponsorial PsalmMy God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of La Vang,
Today is the Palm Sunday. The Church celebrates this sixth Sunday of Lent as both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. This is the time of year we stop to remember and relive the events which brought about our redemption and salvation. What we commemorate and relive during this week is not just Jesus’ dying and rising, but our own dying to sin and rising in Him, which will result in our healing, reconciliation, and redemption. Proper participation in the Holy Week liturgy will deepen our relationship with God, increase our faith and strengthen our lives as disciples of Jesus. Today’s liturgy combines contrasting moments -- one of glory and one of suffering - the royal welcome of Jesus in Jerusalem and the drama of His trial culminating in His crucifixion, death and burial.
On Monday April 14, at 5pm at St Columban’s Church, the Chrism Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann. This week at our Parish we have the Tridiuum: Holy Thursday Mass-Trilingual Mass at 6pm with Bishop Brown, Bishop Emeritus of Orange, Good Friday- Live stations of the Cross at 3pm and Veneration of the Cross in Vietnamese and Spanish at 5pm- Holy Saturday Vigil- Spanish at 5pm and Vietnamese at 8pm. Please make an effort to come for these special events.
On this Palm Sunday, we need to answer 5 questions today: 1) Does Jesus weep over my sinful soul as He wept over Jerusalem at the beginning of His Palm Sunday procession? 2) Am I a barren fig tree? God expects me to produce fruits of holiness, purity, justice, humility, obedience, charity, and forgiveness. Am I a barren fig tree? Or do I continue to produce bitter fruits of impurity, injustice, pride, hatred, jealousy and selfishness? 3) Will Jesus have to cleanse my heart with His whip? Jesus cannot tolerate the desecration of the temple of his Holy Spirit in me by my addiction to uncharitable, unjust and impure thoughts words and deeds; neither does He approve of my business mentality or calculation of loss and gain in my relationship with God, my heavenly Father. 4) Do I welcome Jesus into my heart? Am I ready to surrender my life to Him during this Holy Week and welcome Him into all areas of my life as my Lord and Savior? Let the palms remind us that Christ is our King and the true answer to our quest for happiness and meaning in life. 5) Are we like the humble donkey that carried Jesus, carrying Jesus’ universal love, unconditional forgiveness and sacrificial service to our families, places of work and communities by the way we live our lives? Your
Your humble servant in Jesus Christ and Our Lady of La Vang
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