Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Dear Church family,
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest! Those words are very uplifting to me because they symbolize the culmination of this season of Lent which to me has given to us an added awareness about our mortality with the Coronavirus among us. Amen!
After blessing the palms on Sunday, I will celebrate Palm Sunday. The palm to me is a beautiful sign of first of all, in your spiritual life praising and adoring our wonderful savior. Then with the palms usually placed behind a crucifix on the wall or some other visible place, these palms can be a powerful sign that the Lord is ready to give His life for us, to die for our sins, and to rise. So we celebrate His entrance into Jerusalem and feel really blessed by this sacred event—Praise God! Amen!
P.S. My good friend and fellow padre, Father Rich Creason, whom many, many of you know, has crossed over to the Kingdom. Later there will be a memorial mass at Most Holy Trinity. Rich has been in the North City Deanery about the same amount of time that I have been here and he has truly dedicated himself to working with the efforts that go to make it a better society, especially for the poor. So I just reflect on the many years we have been together. Please keep him in your prayers. His family and all of us really respected and loved him so much. Also, with all of the memories you have of Rich as the pastor here at St. Barbara’s you probably have good and lasting memories of him in the North City Deanery. Praise God! Well, done, good and faithful servant!
Love, Father Bob