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Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out “Hosanna in the highest!” Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory! Who is this king of glory? He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory, Hosanna in the highest! (Entrance Antiphon) And so, we join with Christians around the world to

greet the Lord as he enters Jerusalem knowing this marks the beginning of his final journey to the Cross.

This week we will join in Christ’s suffering, death and Resurrection; the Paschal Mystery unfolds in this very Holy Week. Countless people in our world are suffering in many and varied ways. Often we experience suffering personally, either ourselves or with those we love, and we ask, “Why, Lord? Why does he or she have to suffer in this way.” Or perhaps, “Why must I suffer?” The most difficult thing about those questions is that we do not know, we cannot know the answer.

What we do know through faith is that Jesus has paved the way of suffering for all of us. He surrendered to the will of his Father and he invites us to do the same. Let us, like Christ put our faith, one hundred percent in the knowledge that God is allknowing, all-merciful and all- loving. God, The Trinity, is LOVE. It is the presence of God in the Holy Spirit who accompanies all who are suffering. In that, may we find comfort for ourselves and those we love. Lord, Jesus, we acknowledge the sacrifice and suffering you offered for your people when you surrendered to the will of your Father. Strengthen us in our suffering and instill in us the confidence that we do not walk alone. With grateful hearts we acknowledge the cross as a symbol of your unfailing love. As we walk with you and those who suffer in this life, give us strength and wisdom to act with love. We thank you and we praise you, for by your act of unselfish love we are healed of pain and suffering and we look with hope to eternal life with you. In the name of the Father, in union with the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen. With appreciation for this Sacred Holy Week,

Deb Rudolph

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