Today Jesus holds out His hand to us, asking us to Journey with Him. It’s not a physical journey. Rather the Lord asks us to journey deep into the human heart, far in time and space...
So much is happening this Holy Week. Palm Sunday begins with the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, and ended with his death on the cross. This Holy Week brings about special reflections Jesus, and of the persons of Isaiah, Judas, and the Beloved Disciple, Peter.
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“Why is this night different from all other nights?” asks the child as his family celebrates the Passover supper, as all observant Jewish families have done each year for 3300 years –since Moses led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. This is not merely a common remembering; each Jewish person at the supper is to take the event as present, as a personal experience of the liberation. This is a way of remembering that is woven into the Holy Scriptures: as God’s saving works are remembered, they indeed become present to us. God continues to save His people. In the Old Testament, the ritual of the Passover is the most intense example of this kind of remembrance.
Yesterday, as we celebrated Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, I was moved by memories of previous Holy Weeks—the snapshot moments and the spiritual comfort that accompany them.
As I sat down to contemplate Palm Sunday and what it means to me, of course many things went through my mind. My thoughts moved quickly from the standard, traditional thoughts about Palm Sunday to my current “pandemic-view-of-the-world” perspective.