Cardinal Gracias stresses peace message of Palm Sunday5:02 PM, April 14, 2019
India(Maharashtra):“This day is a timely reminder to ourselves that there is much more to be done to alleviate suffering and injustice,” he said.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay has stressed the message of Jesus’ peace during his celebration of Palm Sunday ceremonies, marking the beginning of the Holy Week leading to Easter.
Indian Christians joined their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Palm Sunday this year on April 14.
In processions, they walked with blessed palms in hand and sang hymns in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
As part of the customay liturgy, they also reflected on Bible passage that speaks of Jesus riding on a donkey to enter the city of Jerusalem, and the people waving palms and chanting ‘Hosanna’ in greeting him.
The liturgy of the sixth and last Sunday of the Lent also included the reading of Christ’s Passion, as a reminder of the disturbing events of Good Friday.
Peace is the message of Palm Sunday, Cardinal Gracias told the gathering on the Holy Name School grounds in Mumbai, where he led ceremonies.
Through the last five Sundays of Lent, “we have encountered different aspects of the Lord’s teachings – the call to repentance, the infinite mercy of God,” he said.
During the time of Jesus, a soldier riding on a horse meant that he came to conquer, “but when Jesus came on a donkey, it meant that he came in peace. Jesus comes with the ultimate message of peace – peace with God, peace with ourselves, peace with nature, peace with all people.”
Cardinal Gracias invited all to follow this example and go forth in peace like Jesus.
During his homily he said the Passion narrative is a reminder and invitation to each one to embark on a pilgrimage.
The Holy Week, with ceremonies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday leading to Easter Vigil, calls us “to be transformed, and to speak out against all that kills life, that is unjust,” the cardinal said.
“This day is a timely reminder to ourselves that there is much more to be done to alleviate suffering and injustice,” he said.
He wanted to ensure that the seven-week long Lent season that began on Ash Wednesday, “would be life-giving and transformative."
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