With campus closed, and in compliance with the instruction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Rosemont Chapel will not be hosting Sunday Mass for the remainder of the semester. We look forward to sharing worship with you in person again in the fall! In the meantime, please enjoy Sr. Jeanne's weekly reflection on the gospel.
Reflection for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
Today we begin the holiest of weeks in the Church year, a week to recall the drama of Jesus’ last days on earth; a week that follows the crowd’s glorious acclaim on Sunday through the tumultuous suffering and death of Jesus on the cross and finally, the empty tomb on Holy Saturday. The opening Gospel story today begins quietly and humbly.
Jesus, seated on a donkey, enters the holy city for the feast as the acclaiming shouts of the crowd gradually increase. The scenes change fast as we follow the liturgy through the week. Reflecting this movement, imagine our chapel décor which begins with the bright, festive red of Jesus’ glory today, then moves into solemn purple, with white appearing briefly as we celebrate the joyous gift of Eucharist, back to deep purple and an empty church and tomb before the Alleluias ring out with the pure white and gold of Resurrection.
Give yourself a gift this Holy Week and follow along with the Church through virtual opportunities offered by campus ministry. Listen to or read through the Gospel of Matthew, on your own. Put yourself in the scene day by day for a few minutes to savor the gift of that event.
Imagine yourself to be Mary Magdalene following along, or John, Jesus’ best friend, or Mary, His mother. Reflect on what strength and courage the man Jesus showed us; what love Jesus had for His Father and for us to carry this cross! What must Jesus’ love for us have been to endure patiently the horrors of his passion and death!
What does remembering all this have to do with me and my life, especially as we live with this world-wide health crisis? Try to sit a few minutes each day of this Holy Week to be with the Lord and share what is in your heart. Share your fear, pray for trust; share your anger, pray for forgiveness; share your sadness, pray for a deep joy; share your uncertainty, pray for confidence, share your doubt, pray for faith; share your anxiety, pray for peace, share your worries, pray for hope.
Know that the Lord is with us through it all. Know that the Lord will bless us for sharing this Holy Week with Him. And we shall all rise again. Amen. Blessings day by day in God’s love for us.
Sister Jeanne, SHCJ