Isaiah 50:4-9a (Psalm 31:9-16); Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
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.