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The two gospel readings offered today – before the procession with the palms and during mass – present us with two different scenes and two different images. The former celebrates Christ as a victorious king and the latter talks about suffering and death, tomb and stone.
Strangely, both of them envision victory. The former talks about earthly success, while the latter leads our views ahead, to the Easter night. There will be no witnesses, just the silence of the night, but therefore that victory can only be perceived by our faith. And that is why we need to celebrate Easter every year.
The annual repetition of the Holy Week and Easter would not be needed just for gaining information about facts. It is needed for our faith to be confronted and nurtured. Our world is different every year and our personal situation is different as well, this year more than in other years. That is one more reason to look at and ponder the Easter story. Not just as one who observes, but as one who lives the events.
What is my place in the story; which character do I identify with; where do I stand?