He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!” Luke 19:40

Today is Palm or Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. The liturgy has two very different gospel readings.The first one is full of triumph as people shout and wave palm branches, the symbol of victory, as Jesus rides into town on a donkey like a celebrity. This exultation quickly dissipates into the somber reading of the Passion narrative, bringing us face-to-face with the stark reality of Jesus’ message.