Palm Sunday March 24, 2024: Receiving, Carrying Palms & Public Peace

Palm Sunday March 24, 2024: Receiving, Carrying Palms & Public Peace

I remain constantly inspired by this photo. I offer this new meditation as we celebrate Palm Sunday 2024.

As you might be aware, I took this photo on Palm Sunday 2008 in Chongqing, China. From 2007 to 2008 I was at foreign expert at Sichuan International Studies University. Having the opportunity to teach in China only increased my respect for Chinese history, tradition and culture and society.

Palm Sunday unites Catholics and Christians worldwide. Peoples of the world are empowered to be believe. Often, those who are everyday and weekly believers have to get to church early; they know they they will be sharing worship space with new faces: new visitors.

Everyone is welcome.

Liturgical participation varies. Some church communities offer public processions of prayer through the neighborhood or music.

Recall that due to the Covid-19 Virus, Palm Sunday 2020 required many people throughout the United States and other locales to “worship in place.” Recall just how much a shock to out faith it was to not go to church and get the sacred blessed palms. Recall our fear: when will expression of faith and spiritual life get back to normal?

Palms received worldwide this Palm Sunday 2024 offer us the opportunity to reflect on public faith, prayer and safety. Let us refocus our attention on this photo. As we notice the joy in the face of the two women and intent gaze of the child the moment depicts peace.

Sadly, however, we continue through 2024 we continue to read news of violence against believers of diverse religious traditions. Palm Sunday, Christians believe urges us to enter into the solemnity of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum: The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This Sunday also reminds us to let go of any religious prejudices we possess. In this way we will dispel fear that can lead to expressions of public hatred. With pride and humility let us be thankful to profess our faith in safety. Let us receive, carry our palms and proclaim public peace.