Keep your eyes fixed on the cross — not social media, Bishop Burbidge says on Palm Sunday

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Intentional disengagement from digital distraction is one way to help make this week holy, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge told about 700 people gathered at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington for Palm Sunday Mass March 25.

“How can we walk with Jesus to Jerusalem this week?” Bishop Burbidge asked the palm-bearing crowd who moments ago shouted for the crucifixion of Jesus as they participated in the narration of Christ’s Passion from the Gospel of Mark.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge outlined three ways to maintain the right focus for Holy Week. Step away from the social media and noise that can so often consume us: replace it with quiet, serenity and certainly prayer, he suggested. See yourself in the people that Jesus met along the way; and if at all possible, try to participate in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening and the Passion of our Lord on Good Friday afternoon.

At the conclusion of his homily, he offered one more suggestion.

“My brothers and sisters in Christ, throughout these sacred days try to see it as a spiritual journey, as a pilgrimage walk to Jerusalem,” he said. “Keep your eyes fixed on the cross.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018