Lenten Reflections Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) The Fickle World

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Lenten Reflections Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) The Fickle World

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.

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.