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Mar 22, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. People of faith should see Holy Week as a pilgrimage, as a journey, as a blessed, solemn opportunity to walk with Jesus to Jerusalem as he takes up his cross, suffers, and dies for us and our salvation. Especially this year when we have witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic—when there has been so much sadness in seeing loved ones in pain, and unfortunately, in seeing too many die—surrender your crosses and burdens and entrust them to the Lord. There is nothing right now that we are experiencing that the Lord has not already endured for us. Know that when our pilgrimage ends Jesus is neither crushed nor defeated. Rather, he is triumphant and victorious. Most importantly, he promises that all who are united to him will receive the same gifts of triumph and victory.