Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 4:25 PM
WELCOME BACK! Bishop's updated guidelines: Fully vaccinated need not wear masks; unvaccinated and at-risk encouraged to wear masks. Receive communion in hand, strongly recommended. Dispensation still.
Read more

Homily: Palm Sunday 2021

From the wisdom of Palm Sunday, and the wisdom of the past year, we learn that we have the capacity to either bring joy or pain to one another.

Homily: PALM SUNDAY of the Lord's Passion   Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa

Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1–15:47

Dear friends, this year, as we enter our holiest week, we read the account of the passion from the Gospel of Mark. In a few days, on Good Friday, we will read the account from John. Among all the cruel and violent persons, we hear about in Christ’s last hours of suffering, perhaps it is easy to overlook those who were kind. For instance, at Bethany, Simon the leper offers him hospitality, and a woman (nameless to us) with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil anoints Jesus. Since Jesus will soon be executed as a criminal, with the possibility of no Jewish funeral rite or burial place, this was a tender moment of deep meaning. This woman put herself in danger to honor him and his sacrifice. In Jerusalem, there was Simon of Cyrene who helped carry his cross, and Joseph of Arimathea who courageously asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and laid him in a new tomb. All of these people, and perhaps more whom we do not know, were glimpses of light in a day of darkness. They were peace amidst the conflict; joy amidst the sorrow; celebration in the midst of tragedy. In other words, they are a sort of allegory to the hope of Easter that was present on Good Friday.

Why talk about this contrast, this dichotomy, today on Palm Sunday?

The reason - this day itself is one of contrasts. Our liturgy and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, began with palm branches and songs of joy and praise for Jesus as King. He is welcomed into the city with shouts of Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! He will soon leave the city walls as the lowest of the low: a scourged, half-dead wreck of a man; a criminal set to be executed.  Today’s liturgy launches from the lauding chants of ‘Hosanna’ to the lowest devastating chant of ‘Crucify him’.

Every moment of our lives gives us a chance to be one or other of the type of persons we encountered in the passion narratives. With God’s help, may we be like Simon and the woman at Bethany, Simon of Cyrene, and Joseph of Arimathea.  How can we be signs of hope in a world that cries out for it?  Are there people whose burden we have been unwilling to share? God calls us to be vessels of love, hope and hospitality, like those welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem

The stories of Palm Sunday are our stories. Sometimes we are even the voice of Jesus on the cross, weeping and asking; ‘My God, why have you abandoned me?’ Consider the past year we have gone through. We could not gather as a community to celebrate the Holy week. It has been a year of grief, loss, change and heartbreak. So much was taken from our communities - lives, hopes, and celebrations turned to dust. But so much bloomed in hope and love -opportunities, adjustments, and newfound community. From the wisdom of Palm Sunday, and the wisdom of the past year, we learn that we have the capacity to either bring joy or pain to one another.

As we journey with Jesus this week, as we contemplate these mysteries with grateful hearts, may we interweave each of our individual stories with the Greatest Story Ever Told.  After all, that is the pattern of every human life --- a pattern, a mystery, a profound truth we encounter and embrace.  

Have a blessed Holy Week everyone. 



Watch and read the weekend readings and message Read More


Homily, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 18, 2021
16th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B -- Msgr. Joseph Ntuwa, July 18, 2021 Jer. 23:1-6; Eph.  2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 The familiar image of the... Read More

Homily, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 11, 2021
15th Sunday of the Year B Amos 7:12-15, Eph. 1:3-14, Mark 6:7-13 We spend a great deal of our lives preparing. School runs from infancy until we... Read More

Homily. 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 4, 2021
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Ezekiel 2:2-5; Ps 123; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6 One of the realities of life is the presence of rejection and... Read More

Homily, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Father's Day

Sunday, June 20, 2021
12th in Ordinary Time and Father's Day                             ... Read More

Homily, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, June 13, 2021
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (B) -- Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa 6-13-2021 Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34  We live in the... Read More

Homily, Corpus Christi 2011

Sunday, June 6, 2021
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of... Read More

Homily, Pentecost 2021

Sunday, May 23, 2021
  Pentecost Sunday homily by Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa Acts 2:1-11; Galatians 5:16-25; John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Today is Pentecost Sunday... Read More

Homily, the Ascension of the Lord

Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 There are people who enjoy stories that reflect an orderly view of the world;... Read More

Homily, 6th Sunday of Easter

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter    Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 Many people do not look forward to a performance... Read More

Homily, 5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 2, 2021
Fifth Week of Easter B Acts 9:26-31; 1 Jn 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 The image of the vine was a rich one for the Jews since the land of Israel was... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!