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Ordo Fratrum Minorum

The Challenge of Palm Sunday

The Challenge of Palm Sunday


Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
The crowds shouted out.
Easily swayed? Not happy?
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
They shouted all the more.
Why? What has he done?
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
This jarring threat continues to be shouted today in hate as it seems we do not learn.
For those who look different, those who pray different, those who profess different
Crucify them! Crucify them! The world shouts out, the plot thickens, the lies are made.
Our ways are right, our hurt is greater, our needs are more, our wants are necessary.
The value we place on human life, love and for faith demands us to take account today.
Palm Sunday is not just for
Hosannas and donkey rides.
Palm Sunday is for reflection
What ways need changing?
What words need more love?
Palm Sunday awakens us to
The power of relationship,
The honesty needed for
The way in which we live
And the choices we make.
Palm Sunday calls us to
Journey not from the sidelines
Rather with the cross to see
what true love is and how
it is greater than the jeers
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
Palm Sunday demands that
We look at all parts of our lives
to see how love is calling us
away from the sidelines and
to raise our voices filled with
courage, hope and promise.
Crucify Him! is not the end
Of our story – Praise God!



As we enter Holy Week may your journey be one into the deep love of Christ.

Much peace and all good to bless this Holy Week!