Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him.  They shouted, ‘Hosanna!  Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the king of Israel!’” (John 12:13, CEB)

“Riding on a donkey of humility,
Jesus entered into Jerusalem -
A king without a battalion of guards
without horses, without military tanks,
without canons and machine guns.

The children laid down the branches
Of palm trees as carpet on the ground
Others lifted them up to hail him
While chorusing hosannas as he drove by,
‘Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.’

Today Jesus enters into
The gates of homes, churches and
Other machineries of control and
Down deep into every human heart.

Today let hosannas resound
Saying no to wars and weapons
No to hatred, revenge and death
But yes to the subtle claim
In the heart to let the love of Jesus reign.”

            [--Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, cited from at 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, he was challenging the people to choose whether or not they would claim him as a King of military might (symbolized by a white horse that he should have ridden) but as a King of peace (symbolized by the lowly donkey that he did ride).

Today, Jesus challenges us with the same choice:  welcome him as the Lord of warfare and “might makes right”? or as the “Prince of Peace”? In today’s world of violence, hatred, prejudice, terrorism, and war, Palm Sunday dares us to welcome the one who challenges us to claim him as the “Prince of Peace.”  Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

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