Today we begin Holy Week, which is closely connected to the beginning of the Easter season, the Easter Vigil. Today's Mass with the palms, procession, and reading of Jesus' Passion should help us prepare for the celebration of the Easter Vigil, especially the renewal of our baptismal promises.
The baptismal promises are the greatest promises and decisions possible for a human being to make. In renewing our Baptisms, we make the supreme act of faith and love. We reject Satan and all his works and promises. Because Satan's works are so extensive as to form a culture of death, we reject much of business, politics, the media, entertainment, education, and medicine when we reject all of Satan's works. In effect, rejecting all Satan's works means deciding to live a radically new lifestyle. This means repenting as Peter repented (Mt 26:75), carrying the cross as Simon of Cyrene did (Mt 27:32), loving as Mary loved (see Jn 19:25), and believing as the centurion believed in professing Jesus as the Son of God (Mt 27:54). To renew our baptismal promises is to plunge into the mystery of the Trinity by professing an ever deeper faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Today let us begin Holy Week so we will begin Easter by making promises which will shake the world.