Palm Sunday – 03.25.18

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

To listen to all of Christ’s Passion and Death as a whole today is so overwhelming, isn’t it? But, just before the drama of the Passion, a quiet figure appears: the woman who pours expensive oil on the head of Jesus, and is chastised by the Pharisees for the wastefulness of her gesture.

Jesus rebukes them. He reads their hearts, and slyly reminds them, “Besides, you always have the poor to do good works for”—knowing that, in fact, they do nothing for the poor. They are busy financing Jesus’ betrayal and condemnation. Jesus defends the woman: “Don’t bother her! She has done what she could: she’s anointed my body beforehand for its burial.” Jesus is about to enter into unimaginable suffering, yet he points us to that one woman who “did what she could.”

That word “could” is full of possibilities. The Pharisees “could” serve the poor, the chief priests “could” refuse to condemn Jesus—but they don’t.

Are there “could’s” that would bring light into our world? Quiet our noisy lives, take 10 minutes for prayer, stop the gossip or anger? The greatest “could” of all is the one thing only your heart knows you really need to do. Jesus tenderly accepts and cherishes even our smallest and most hidden efforts. Ask him to show you what you “could” do, and who you “could” become, starting today.

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May you have a blessed Holy Week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Listen to my homily today:

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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