There is something so very beautiful about Palm Sunday. You can feel the joy of children as they shamelessly wave their palms in the air and parents anxiously watch to make sure no one gets hit in the head with a palm as the children process down the aisle. The hymns of Palm Sunday offer a sweetness of the moment. And yet so much is taking place in Jerusalem on this day. A modern-day children’s palm parade of sweet hosannas juxtaposed with the political realities of the Roman Empire and what is to unfold in the days ahead.
Palm/Passion Sunday begins Holy Week. We will open our worship experience with the waving of palm branches and then the events of the day shift and the story of the passion evolves.
I am cautious to move too quickly from palm to passion. We need to take in the sights and sounds of the day. Therefore, I invite you to not only read our scripture text for this Sunday but to read the Palm Sunday accounts in the other gospels. You will notice differences in the gospel accounts. Which one do you prefer and why?