Monday, March 22, 2010
Liturgy of the Palms Liturgy of the Passion Year C John 12:12-16
The people proclaim, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord--the King of Israel!"
What is the obvious?
Jesus rides on the back of a donkey entering Jerusalem at Passover?
Expectations and hope fill the air. Palm branches wave. Some scholar say the waving branches of Palms stem back to Maccabean times, celebrating military victory.
What are my hopes this Palm Sunday? Do I wish for God to do violence to get revenge on my enemies? Do I wish for God to punish the "sinners" of the age?
Or do I expect God to forgive and forget? Do I expect grace to be offered to even those who stand in the crowd crying crucifiy him five days later? Do I realize I am in that crowd?