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Sunday, April 13, 2014

How Often Do We Deny Christ?

A woman fashions the palapas from coconut fronds in preparation for the Palm Sunday rites today. Catholics traditionally carry the Palapas in the Psalm Sunday mass to be blessed by the priest and then those are brought home and placed on front door or windows as a sign that the residents are Catholics. Others put the the blessed fronds in their personal altars. The Palaspas symbolizes the palm branches that were waved by the crowd to welcome Jesus Christ as he enters Jerusalem. Today Palm Sunday ushers in the celebration of Holy Week. It's called Mahal Na Araw literally costly day because God Saved Us at a very costly price. His son Jesus Christ suffered ignominiously died and resurrected in order to redeem us. St. John Chrysostom says "Redemption was completed by God during these days." Holy Week begins with the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Peter and the apostles were euphoric as they basked in the royal welcome accorded their Master amidst shouts of "Hosanna, Son of David!" But shortly afterwards when Jesus was dragged from one court to another helpless and pathetic, Peter who had declared at the Last Supper that he would never abandon Him, denied Him thrice and all the others except John fled in disgrace. Then there's the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas. Judas tragic treachery stemmed from the expectation that Christ would become the political Messiah and being a materialistic man he realized how much wealth he could amass under his leadership. But when he found that Jesus would be just the opposite  Suffering Servant he betrayed him for 30 sordid pieces of silver.    
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