Palm Sunday is in many ways the oddest day in Lent. We open the mass with the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the blessing of the palms and then quickly pivot to the Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion.
It’s quite a contrast but it’s a great example of the fickle nature of the world. Within one week the same people who were cheering Christ were crying for his crucifixion. Part of that lesson is the congregation taking up the part of the Passion reading as the mob calling for Christ’s blood.
It’s a hard lesson but so important. It reminds us that to follow the world is to follow an ever changing standard often shaped by unreality, but to follow Christ and to follow the church is to follow the unchanging God and a standard of morality and reality that has stood the test of millennia and will still be here when the world’s latest fad had bitten the dust.
As we enter Holy Week let’s resolve not to be changed by the world but to be an example to the world that we should make disciples of all nations.