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April 5, Palm Sunday at 10AM
"The Garden: Risking Temptation"
On Palm Sunday, we remember how the last week of Jesus’ life began with joy and celebration.
However, by the end of that week, we find him in the Garden of Gethsemane praying in anguish. Gethsemane is the moment when a chain of events begins that cannot be halted.
Once Jesus is taken into custody, there is no going back. So we pause a moment with him in the garden just before his arrest, and we feel with him the temptations that arise when facing difficult circumstances—to run, hide, use whatever power we have to change things, fight it, perhaps even bargain with God. We walk among the sleepy disciples who just can’t grasp what is about to happen. And we open to let the story remind us that no matter what we face, or how we fail to meet the demand of the moment, second chances are possible.
Readings: Mark 14:32-36 (with references to John)