We Begin Again

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
April 2, 2023

Today’s Readings:


Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we begin once again – and we know the journey so well.

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.

Matthew 21:1-2

We have traveled this story many times with Jesus. We have seen the Sunday-green palms shrivel and darken by Friday. We have heard the careless cheers turn to frightened whispers. We have seen the thick crowd thin with fear and faithlessness.

The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21: 8-11

With each succeeding Holy Week, if we give ourselves to grace, Love maps itself more deeply in our souls. Our own lives, laid beside his in prayer, align us more closely to our own unique Redemption, as we can pray in this most beautiful of scripture passages:

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to the point of death,
    even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:6-8

The rich treasures of our Holy Week readings and rituals carry us deeper into the eternal current of Love Who is Jesus Christ. We are changed, if we let ourselves, because we witness and believe the Divine Contradiction of the Cross and Resurrection – and we let it happen within our own souls.

Indeed, we are privy to the profound intimacy between Jesus and his Father … between Love Incarnate and Love Enlivening. It is an intimacy we pray to be part of because it changes everything to Love.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    which is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,    
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2: 9-11

In our readings today, and each day this week, try to find the small phrase where your life meets Christ’s journey. Listen with Jesus to the Father’s stunning revelation that Life is accomplished through death to all that is not born of God.

But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice,
and gave up his spirit.
And behold, the veil of the sanctuary
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened,
and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection,
they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus
feared greatly when they saw the earthquake
and all that was happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27:50-54

Poetry: Primary Wonder – Denise Levertov

Days pass when I forget the mystery.
Problems insoluble and problems offering
their own ignored solutions
jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
their colored clothes; cap and bells.
                                                        And then
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng's clamor
recedes: the mystery
that there is anything, anything at all,
let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
rather than void: and that, O Lord,
Creator, Hallowed One, You still,
hour by hour sustain it.

Music: Jerusalem, My Destiny by Rory Cooney

18 thoughts on “We Begin Again

  1. Dolores (Dee)

    So pleased to see you back in my inbox with your informative and inspiring posts, Sister!
    Sending prayers for your continued healing so that you can share more of your knowledge and your beautiful faith.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sharon Altendorf, PBVM

    You are amazing, such reflections on your life! How I have missed seeing your inspirations these past weeks. May God continue to protect you and give you strength to carry on.


  3. LaVerne

    I certainly hope you are successfully advancing on the journey to better health. You and your inspirational prayers have certainly been missed. A warm and heartfelt welcome back. God bless you! May your journey to Easter be blessed. LaVerne

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Catherine Maher

    Welcome back to all of us who are enriched by your faithful prayers and inspired meditations. Thank you for journeying with us. LORD, we thank you … for Renee…🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  5. What a JOY to have you back sharing your profound and poetic words, Renee! Love this: “try to find the small phrase where your life meets Christ’s journey.”
    Thank you for pointing towards portals that enable us to meet Christ on the journey. May healing continue to flow for you.

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  6. Very beautiful, Sister.
    “In our readings today, and each day this week, try to find the small phrase where your life meets Christ’s journey. Listen with Jesus to the Father’s stunning revelation that Life is accomplished through death to all that is not born of God.”

    Thank you.
    God bless you always.


  7. What a beautiful Palm Sunday weekend gift to find Lavish Mercy in my inbox!!! You have been prayed for and so missed!!! Today’s gem – “find the small phrase where your life meets Christ’s journey”.

    God has gifted you with such inspiring reflections – your time away has only enriched them! God bless you as you recuperate


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