Reality check

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11; 14:1–15:47

When I was a child, I loved Palm Sunday because we got to act out the biblical version of a ticker-tape parade. Later I learned of the ephemeral quality of stardom and parades and decided that Palm Sunday and Passion Week belong together. As a pastor, I have accepted the dismal fact that most of our people skip Thursday, Friday and Saturday, slipping from parade pandemonium to Easter ecstasy with none of the suffering and pain. This first day of Holy Week is a crucial time to set the scene and tell the truth about the cost of God’s crucified love.

 

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