Susan Andrews is general presbyter of Hudson River Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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.
Psalm 51 does not let any of us off the hook—not the progressives, the evangelicals, or the feel-good agnostics.
Again and again in scripture, pounding hearts become burning hearts.
As a seminarian, I never seemed to be there when Jesus arrived.