Today begins another of those moments in the liturgical year when we step out of our own time and into "God time." Celebrating Jesus' Passion on Palm Sunday is one of those past-present experiences - it happened 2,000 years ago, but it is coming to life again among us as we hold our own palm branches and hear the great story of his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. Our own song of triumphant entry rings out as the ministers process to the altar for our celebration.
For me, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week are always an interesting mixture of anticipation, interior preparation, and a sort of background focus on what is to come, in spite of the ongoing business of everyday life. Inevitably there is a major rehearsal for us musicians - where, unlike most people in the pews, we get a foretaste of everything that is to come, from Gesthemane anguish to Alleluia joy. However, in the liturgical year spirit of "already-not-yet" we know the time has not yet arrived - at the same time we also know we will be ready when it does.
So, how does having heard the Passion this weekend prepare us for the great Three Days of the Easter Triduum? I think we do this today so we can carry the story in our hearts and ponder it until we hear it again, beginning Thursday night. This is not an ordinary week - and we enter it so that we will not be ordinary people, but extraordinary ones, transformed by this annual celebration of Paschal Mystery.