Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Every Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday, we commemorate Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
We might be familiar with the passage but few know of its spiritual and theological meaning which goes beyond the historical event itself. What does it mean? Saint Paul reminds us that the heavenly Jerusalem is our mother (rf. Galatians 4:26). We are think of this new Jerusalem coming down from Heaven (rf. Revelation 21:2:2). Saints are seen holding palm branches in Heaven as they adore the Lamb of God (rf. 7:9). The Lord’s entry into Jerusalem reminds us that He shall conquer death and return to His heavenly kingdom.
The promise that we too shall inherit eternal life with Him in the heavenly Jerusalem if we for example receive Baptism (rf. John 3:5), Holy Communion (rf. John 6:53-56), Confession (rf. John 20:23), perform good works (rf. Matthew 25:34-40), and believe in Him (rf. John 3:16). If we do these things and others, we shall welcome our King in Heaven as those who did on Earth when He entered Jerusalem.