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Palm Sunday invites us to ‘welcome Jesus in our lives’

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Palm Sunday 2018

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. Mark 11:1-11 NIV

A Filipino Catholic Church leader has urged the faithful to welcome Lord Jesus in their lives on the occasion of Psalm Sunday. Bishop Ruperto C. Santos- head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People has urged the believers across the globe to request Lord Jesus in their hearts and lives.

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“God is always visiting us. He comes to us. This is the message of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. All welcome Him. All rejoice, happy with His coming. Whatever we are in, whoever we are in the society, God comes to us. He wants us to experience Him, have an encounter with Him. And so, let us welcome Jesus in our lives,”said Bishop Ruperto C. Santos .

“Let us welcome Jesus with palms in our hands. Palm signifies victory. Palm connotes peace. Let us welcome Jesus with peaceful hearts, not artificial gestures nor fake news, not with guns nor grease money. Let us offer out fellow Filipinos with a palm of peace to help them overcome sins and not to lead them to shame and scandal. We welcome them to rise up to a new life, and to victory over illegal drugs, crimes, and human trafficking,” Bishop Santos added.

“This Holy Week, let us welcome Jesus with an open hand and heart as we say to one another, ‘Come in the name of Jesus,’ he said.