With Palm Sunday, we enter into the mysteries of Holy Week. The Greeting before the blessing of the palms lays out the basics of this day and the purpose of Holy Week. Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery. … For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem.
This year’s celebration of Palm Sunday will be different. Unless we participate by sharing through television, video conferencing or social media tools, we won’t take part in a celebration. Even with those tools, as valuable as they are, we will miss the intimacy and communion that comes with physically being together.
I came across a helpful distinction a few days ago. Writing in The Globe and Mail, the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, made a crucial point about social distancing. Margaret Eaton’s comments, in a nutshell, suggest that social distancing is a misnomer.