Sunday Reflection
 

 

Sunday Reflection from Father Anthony

Sunday, April 5th 2020

 

 

 

Welcome to Palm Sunday.

This week’s reflection is inspired by a different perspective.
Palm Sunday has generated many different emotions and points of view from childhood to adulthood. As a child, Easter Sunday brought an excitement like Christmas, due to the celebration of the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunts, and pastel colors in all the retail stores. In school, I learned that Jesus went through tremendous suffering and sacrifice to ensure a better life for all of us, but somehow the thought of unlimited candy and warmer weather distracted me from the true meaning of the Season. As maturity in my faith and life grew, I took a deeper look at the meaning of Lent, leading up to the celebration of Easter. I began to take seriously the idea of giving something up during the 40 day period to prove that I could make a sacrifice and keep a promise to myself and to Jesus. One year it was anything sugary, another year it was reciting the rosary every day on my commute to work. I felt a sense of accomplishment that my faith led me on a complete journey once Palm Sunday arrived. Reading ‘the Passion of the Lord’ gave me validation that no matter what I gave up for Lent, it would never come close to what Jesus did for us and what he experienced, but it was still challenging to get through each day with motivation and perseverance. Receiving the physical palms helped to remind me that on my own personal journey through Lent, we as Catholics have the common goal of reflecting and reliving Jesus’ journey and mission with him.

This altruistic way of thinking and acting is what makes the Easter season so meaningful and special. We all have our own way of ‘getting through’ the Lenten season, but with the right attitude and focus, we can find joy in deepening our faith and connecting to Jesus on a personal level. For me, this journey is lifelong and will not always turn out how I hope, but continuing to delve further into my faith is what makes the journey worthwhile.

-Written by a member of the Saint Mark staff.