By ANDREW MUKOMA
CHRISTIANS from all walks of life in Livingstone on Sunday joined the rest of World to commemorate Palm Sunday with a call for them examine their lives and walk with faith.
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter and commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a week before his crucifixion.
Speaking when he flagged off the procession at the Civic Centre, Livingstone Diocese Catholic Bishop Kalumba encouraged the congregants to walk with Faith during the period of Holy Week.
In his homily during Mass held at St Theresa Cathedral Parish, Bishop Kalumba challenged Christians in the country to examine themselves and strive to live a Christian life.
“It is when we go near Jesus that we can be transformed… It is our sins that inflicted pain on Jesus Christ and he died for our sins,” he observed.
“I therefore challenge you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ to examine our lives and move with it in this Holy Week. Let us focus on the redemption of our lives,” Bishop Kalumba encouraged Christians.
And in an interview with the Daily Nation in Livingstone, St Andrews Anglican Church Parish Priest Fr. Yobo Jere explained that Palm Sunday was significant in Christian lives as it was the beginning of the Holy Week.
Fr. Jere said as people celebrated Palm Sunday, the onus was on Christians to follow Jesus Christ’s footsteps as he entered Jerusalem.
“As we begin this Holy Week, may we constantly be reminded of its significance and value for our lives today. That very important day in history, when Jesus began His journey towards the cross.
He noted,” God’s Word tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city.”
“The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death,” he explained.