This is a re-post that I wrote for Palm Sunday last year in March 2010:
Jesus made his entrance into Jerusalem on a colt. He was greeted with a pathway adorned with cloaks of all colors and a gateway of palms being raised above his head. His followers proclaimed, “”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
More than ever this year, I am moved by the Palm Sunday story. Jesus knew what his journey into Jerusalem entailed for him. Jesus knew that his journey once in Jerusalem would be full of trials, insults, and hurts. I am amazed that Jesus, a human, still decided to go on this journey. As he rode atop the colt, listened to the colts clopping feet, and embraced the shouts of joy from his disciples, what was Jesus thinking as he made his way through the crowd? Was he afraid? Was he fearful? How did he muster the courage to make the journey into Jerusalem? How did he lift one foot in front of the other towards his Good Friday?
As we enter Holy Week, I invite each of us to fully embrace the journey that Jesus went through. I pray for us:
Draw us, Lord, into this Holy Week.
Draw us, Lord, into your journey into Jerusalem.
Draw us, Lord, into your experience of the Paschal Mystery.
Draw us, Lord, into a relationship with your Father that roots us as firmly as your were in Your Father’s love.
Will I allow myself to be drawn into Holy Week?
Will I allow myself to be drawn to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ life this week?