The story which begins Palm Sunday is a human drama; it is our drama. As Jesus enters into his final week, he takes humanity with him. We are not just remembering an historical event that happened over two thousand years ago. We are taking part in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as it happens today, to us and for us.
His entry in to Jerusalem begins on a huge wave of optimism, joy and hope. People wave palms, they put their cloaks on the ground and shout his name. The crowd welcome Jesus with cries of, “Hosanna! Hosanna! blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”.
Yet, how quickly the crowd changed and turned on Jesus. The same people who were happy to welcome him with shouts of joy, will soon shout ‘Crucify him, Crucify him.’ Jesus is even betrayed and denied by his closet friends. The rest of them run and desert him. He is left alone.
As we begin our journey through Holy Week, we are called to ask ourselves who and where we are in the crowd. This is a week to pray and decide what kind of followers of Christ we are and are going to be.
During this week of prayer, liturgies and ceremonies, let us not lose sight of what we are remembering, celebrating and living.
As we begin this most holy of weeks, may Jesus be our constant companion. May we enter in the mystery of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection with faith and hope.
Jules Soanes (Ordinand)