Dear friends,

Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, marks the beginning of Holy Week, during which we celebrate one of the major feast days of our faith. As they made their way to Jerusalem, Jesus often spoke with His apostles about the suffering and cross that awaited Him. He wanted to prepare them for what was to come. The apostles, however, were afraid and found it difficult to understand that the world was to be delivered through the Passion and cross of Christ.

This year, in the weeks leading up to Easter, we as well have come face-to-face with suffering in a very tangible and quite extraordinary way. The global pandemic, caused by a microscopic virus, has already claimed the lives of thousands. The daily updates on the spread of the virus and ever-changing protective measures have made us all, very personally and palpably, a part of the overwhelming Mystery of the Cross.

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