March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday 2015

Holy Week begins with a contradiction: On the one hand, Palm Sunday recollects the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem 2000 years ago. The long-awaited messiah comes into the holy city riding on a donkey, and He is greeted by crowds of supporters. “Hosanna”, they cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” They cry with joy at the arrival of Jesus, and this morning, in our blessing of palms and in the procession through the North end, we take our place among them; we too shout with joy for the arrival of Jesus in the Holy City. “All glory, Laud and Honour to Thee, Redeemer King”, we have sung …. And yet, as we have just discovered, the voices of joyful triumph are transformed all too quickly into the voices of that other crowd in the Gospel lesson appointed for today. The loud shouts of Hosanna are turned into the cry, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” The crowd of supporters becomes the crowd of accusers; the crowd of lovers becomes the crowd of enemies.

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