As Christians in Nigeria join the world to mark the Palm Sunday, they have been urged to practice selflessness in their relationship with one another.
The Parish Priest of the Christ the King Parish, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Reverend Father John Oluma gave the urge during an event to mark the 2019 feast of Palm Sunday.
In his words: Today we gather to herald with the universal church, the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery, that is His Passion and Resurrection.
To accomplish this mystery, He entered the holy city of Jerusalem, therefore with all faith and devotion; let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps so that being made by His grace, partakers of the cross, we may have a share also in His resurrection and in His life.
Speaking on the message of the Palm Sunday and focusing on the colt or the donkey that was tied, which Jesus sent His disciples to be untied and brought for the purpose of His entry into Jerusalem to fulfil His mission, Fr. Oluoma noted: You are free when you are untied from whatever is holding you from being useful to the Lord. All are tied in slavery of one such or the other, you are still a slave until when you are untied to be useful for divine purpose.
‘Palm Sunday’ or ‘Passion Sunday’ as it may be referred to, commemorates the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem as a Universal King with shouts of Hosanna in the highest.
The Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus’ life on earth.
It is usually a time for Christians to purify their hearts as well as agonise of His death which is regarded as the Passion and joy of His Resurrection.
The symbol of celebration on this special day is the use of Palm branches; just as the people of Jerusalem laid on the ground at the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem with praise, singing, Hosanna in the Highest, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Source: Voice of Nigeria