17th April 2011 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene  †       St Bartholomew †       St Alban  †


Sunday 17th April 2011

The crowds preceding him and those followingkept crying out and saying:
"Hosanna to the Son of David;

blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest." (Matthew 21:9)


Today we celebrate Palm Sunday.
We launch the very special week, Holy Week when the Church leads
 and guides us through a roller coaster experience of liturgical events and celebrations
 – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Paschal experience.
 This indeed is the richest season in the Church’s liturgical year!


During Jesus' earthly ministry, He often told people not to tell anyone who He was.
 Even when his mother (Wedding in Cana) and brothers encouraged Him to go public,
Jesus said it was not yet His time.

But on the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey,
TODAY, it becomes clearly evident that the appointed time for the
public manifestation of the God-Made-Man has come.
God has pitched His tent among us!
He is walking/riding among us!
In Him, the Glories and Hosannas of Palm Sunday,
the pains and rejecting crucify him of Good Friday,
and the Halleluias of the Sunday resurrection have mystically become timelessly one.

Today we witness the only public announcement that Jesus was the promised Messiah of Yahweh.
 We the People of God, all peoples, and indeed all creation joyfully witness that this son of
 teenager Mary and Joseph the carpenter from next door,
 this young man who speaks our language, eats our food, plays our games,
cracks and enjoys our jokes, this young man who now rides on a humble donkey among us,
 is the ONE. In Him God’s plan is completely fulfilled,
and so are all the prophecies made by all the prophets about him.

Although his announcement was rejected by many,
 yet God's plan was completely fulfilled through Him.
 In Him and by Him the redemption of all creation was irreversibly assured.

Hosanna to the Son of David !
            Hosanna in the highest ! ! !             

                                                                                            Fr Fred