The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” –Matthew 21.6-10
- Can you remember a time when you felt like a success, and you were ready to celebrate? What made you feel successful?
- Who is someone you look up to or admire? What is it about them that inspires you?
- Do you ever think that maybe God is closer to the folks who weren’t able to enter into Jerusalem, than with those happy ones who were already in?
- What is the message of Palm Sunday?
Funny thing (well, not really so funny at all), but we’re not going to process or parade around together to remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem this year. And frankly, maybe that’s for the best; I’m not sure Jesus really wanted this spectacle. There’s something which connects with me this year as I hear that question at the end of this passage: ‘who is this?’ Who is this, indeed, and what are we doing, now and this week?
Join us Sunday at 6 pm on Zoom for Evening Prayer (download the bulletin) and to reflect on Palm Sunday by asking ourselves that question, ‘who is this’ and in asking that question we may find an answer to the question ‘who are we?’