Palm Sunday. Onset of lots of extra people in church. (JK, but true!) Beginning of Holy Week.
Jesus enters Jerusalem lauded and anticipated as the possible Messiah with welcoming adoration of “Hosanna”. Before the week’s end the same crowd will call for His death, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”. We are fickle people. Repeating the same steps, day in, day out. 2000 years later. Joyful anticipation of Easter, Resurrection Sunday. Deaf to how He calls us to live our life. To walk the Talk. Living out our faith beyond the pew. Accepting our differences. Forgiving our faults. Encouraging those mustard seeds to take root and offer rest and shade to all who are weary as that seed blooms to the giant tree. Before we celebrate the empty tomb, the Risen Lord, we must experience the betrayal, the condemnation, the pain and suffering and the Death of Jesus. On a Cross. Obedient unto death. So that we may live. So that we may receive the strength, courage, grace and hope to make it through this life with the hope of Heaven when these days are over. It’s a tough week. It’s a powerful ending.
Many blessings as we enter into this holiest of weeks. And, as the Pope said in his Palm Sunday message, “May Palm Sunday be a day of decision for you, the decision to say yes to the Lord and to follow him all the way, the decision to make his Passover, his death and resurrection, the very focus of your Christian lives. ”