Pope Benedict XVI is quote as saying re: Palm Sunday —
“Palm Sunday tells us that…it is the cross that is the true tree of life. “
We search for Eden, hoping to find it again. John sees a new tree of life in his revelation. But Benedict reminds us that the tree of life for which we long has already been planted on Calvary rather than in some lost Eden. It is a bare but not barren – emptied of its victim but not of its power. On Palm Sunday remember that the Son of David will shortly be revealed as the Son of God.
A prayer for this beginning of the Holy Week journey:
Almighty God, your Son came to us humbly on a donkey’s back
and now he sits exalted by your right hand.
As we enter into Holy Week contemplating your his path of suffering,
help us to become loyal and steadfast disciples,
that we may always hear his word, follow his teachings, and live in his Spirit.
And prepare our hearts for that day
when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord and King,
to your eternal glory. Amen.