Calls for repentance, humility and forgiveness reverberated across churches as Christians marked Palm Sunday ahead of Easter celebrations next weekend.
At the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi the sermon centered on modesty with a caution to the youth to refrain from taking matters into their own hands when they felt hurt or betrayed.
As is the norm they carried palm leaves re-enacting the symbolism of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as was the case thousands of years ago.
During the sermon father Simon Kamomwe challenged Christians to embrace the nature of responsibility and humility in their daily endeavors.
In reference to the emerging cases of young people being killed as a result of matters of the heart, Fr. Kamomwe urged the congregation to embrace good values that will guide them.
The day also marked the beginning of the holy week.
In Busia, Father Chris Wafula led Busia Catholic Church faithful carrying palm leaves in a procession from St Teresa’s Girls Primary School. The procession signifies God’s love and forgiveness.
Fr Wafula urged Christians to register for Huduma Namba which he said had no connection to the biblical 666.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis warned against the temptation of “triumphalism,” encouraging Catholics to follow Jesus’s way of humility and obedience exemplified in His Passion.
“Joyful acclamations at Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation. Festive cries followed by brutal torture. This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year,” Pope Francis said in his homily April 14.
The pope prayed for the grace “to follow in faith our Savior’s example of humility, to heed his lesson of patient suffering, and thus to merit a share in his victory over the spirit of evil.”
“Humility does not mean denying reality: Jesus really is the Messiah, truly the King,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis explained that by “triumphalism” he means engaging in “shortcuts and false compromises,” without being “forged in the crucible of the cross.”
“Brothers and sisters, there is no negotiating with the cross: one either embraces it or rejects it,” Francis said.