Palm Sunday

Daily reading: Luke 19:28-44
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Focus passage: Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, scold your disciples!  Tell them to stop!”  He answered, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout.” Luke 19:39-40

At the heart of incarnation is this understanding that there is absolutely no place that God will not go.  In Christ Jesus, God has put on flesh so that we can fully know that there is no darkness or pain that God is not aware of.  Rather than being high and lofty and separate from us, God came to us in the form of Christ Jesus to show the depth of God’s love for us.

Even looming death will not keep Jesus away.  Even though he knows that his message will so upset those in power that he will lose his life.  That pales in comparison to his love for us and for God. So he heads to Jerusalem, to claim what we know is true, he is the true king, not Herod or Caesar, but Jesus is.  Nothing will keep him from heading to Jerusalem and no one will silence him.

“I tell you,” said Jesus, “if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
What will it cost us to hear the voices of those in our communities that have been silenced?  What will it cost us to make space for different viewpoints, for different visions?

In a world where our words cut and divide, what would happen if we openly listened to one another?  Is there a cost that is too high?  How far are we willing to follow Jesus?

Do we just want to observe from a safe distance?

Is there a point where we find ourselves running and hiding?

Or do we have the strength of faith to walk with him this week?  Not just in a moment of remembering but in opening our eyes to the living gospel among us. 

Today we are invited not to simply observe the procession; we are invited to participate in it.   What will we give this week, what will be our sacrifice as we prepare to remember Jesus’ last meal, his torture and crucifixion?  Because it is easy to jump to next Sunday to Easter and not focus on what ultimately gets us to that day.  What we get out of this coming week, this holy week, will depend on how much we are willing to give.  Are you willing to give your time and your energy into not just observing this holy week but in participating in it? In actively seeking out ways for the gospel message to change your hearts, to help you let go, so God can form you.  I hope so. 

Prayer: Holy God, prepare my soul for the coming week, allow the gospel to come alive and give me the courage to follow you to the cross.  Amen.


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