Reflection for Palm Sunday


Reflection for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is here, and we recall the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the donkey, as the crowds acclaim him as deliverer of the people.

In the current context, different aspects of the Holy Week narrative will strike us this Easter. It might be the mention of crowds. How are we missing being with people, and looking them in the eye –in shops, at sporting fixtures, in church? No crowds today, anywhere.

Many of us feel the huge loss of direct contact with people at this time. We are interdependent with each other and being in the presence of others beyond our home is something we will treasure afresh.

Being apart from others is where we are on our journey. Jesus entry into Jerusalem was a journey to what? Did he know where the donkey and the crowds were leading him? The Gospels tell us that there was a divine purpose in all this; that he would suffer, die and rise again. They also describe Jesus’ deep anxiety and concern about what was to happen to him in Jerusalem. He knew there were very great risks to his ministry and his life. He had to stay with the good purposes of God and trust that all would be well, in the end.

And where is our journey taking us this Holy Week and Easter?

We cannot be sure. Questions about our own health and that of our families, and about what our life together will look like in the future, hover around us in these days of uncertainty.

We place ourselves in the hands of those who govern us, those in our health and public services. We offer ourselves on this journey on which we have set out, doing what we can to care for others as well as ourselves. We place ourselves in the hand of God who is made known in Jesus Christ; whose love for each of us is beyond measure and whose faithfulness never ends.

Lord, you set your face towards Jerusalem and walked alongside those who suffer. Be our vision that we too may walk the way of the cross and give and receive that love which is at the heart of God.

Canon Richard Mitchell

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