Preparing for Easter
Palm Sunday is the bridge that connects Lent….to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection…it prepares us for the events of the week that follows. Season of Ash and Fire Blair Gilmer Meeks
If you want an intensive on Christian practice, Holy Week is for you. And it all begins on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday (also called Passion Sunday) invites us to walk with Jesus as he takes the steps that will lead to his arrest and crucifixion. Jesus went into Jerusalem knowing that there were people in that city plotting his death. And yet, he went (in Luke’s gospel, weeping for the city and his people).
Tomorrow, April 4th is the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. I suspect that when Martin decided to go to Memphis, he suspected that there were people plotting his death and yet he went. Like his Savior, Martin decided that those who would serve God must be willing to stand for love even in the face of hate and for peace in the face of violence. Indeed, anyone who claims to follow Jesus is called to do the same. The question I ask myself is where do we find the courage to make that kind journey?
On Palm Sunday, the community of St. Margaret’s will process out of our doors and around the block. While procession commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it is also the proclamation of our hope that Jesus is Salvation. We hold our palm branches remembering that the many of the same people who greeted Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna” on his entry, later shouted “Crucify him!” We live the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest and death knowing that Easter is just around the corner.
And maybe because we know the end of the story, we like our brother Martin will somehow find the courage to stand with Jesus.