Inviting Jesus into our hearts

Today we are invited to follow Jesus into Jerusalem. We will be surprised with great hospitality of local people in the way they welcome Jesus. A path covered with palm branches is made and a song “Hosanna to the Son of David” is being sung. However, who would have thought that the crowd which welcomed Jesus with such enthusiasm during his entry into Jerusalem would turn against him so quickly within days and demand his crucifixion and the release of Barabbas who had been condemned for murder? It is said: expectations set you up to be upset. It is so true to the people of Jerusalem. They expected Jesus to be a king, the one who would make them a great nation with power. When Jesus did not respond to that desire, they were disappointed. Quickly, “hosanna to the king” was moved to “crucify him! Crucify him!” The problem of the crowd is also our problem. It is easy to be part of a crowd that welcomed Jesus and it was easy to be part of a crowd that condemned him to death. It is easy to be part of the crowd that receives First Holy Communion and Confirmation and then hardly come to meet him during Mass every Sunday. It is easy to be part of the crowd that puts on an impressive display for a funeral or wedding or a baptism and then quickly abandon Jesus. As Jesus’ followers, do we welcome him into our hearts and invite him to dwell there? Am I ready to surrender my life to him during this Holy Week and welcome him into all areas of my life as my Lord and Savior? Let us remember that we are all sinners who have crucified Jesus by our sins, but we are still able to be his friends again when we approach him for pardon and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr Do