Working Out Our Life – A Palm Sunday Sermon On Mark 11:1-11

What if Jesus is more like us than we know or want to admit? What if Jesus was always working it out just like we are? What if he struggled with life and death in the same way we do? What if Holy Week for Jesus and for us is a week of figuring it out – figuring out who we are, what we’re about, what matters most; facing our fears and naming our hopes; uncovering, discovering, or recovering something new about ourselves and our lives? What if Jesus is as ambivalent and hesitant about this week as are we? What if today’s triumphal entry is more accurately described as the triumphal drive by or, since Jesus was on a colt, the triumphal ride by?  Continue reading Working Out Our Life – A Palm Sunday Sermon On Mark 11:1-11

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Returning The Colt – A Palm Sunday Sermon On Mark 11:1-11

Mark’s is the only gospel that says Jesus entered the temple, looked around, and left. So why did Jesus leave the temple and go to Bethany? The gospel tells us why. Jesus left the temple “as it was already late” (Mark 11:11). So that got me to wondering. What if this is about something more than just the time of day? What if Jesus is late getting somewhere or doing something? Continue reading Returning The Colt – A Palm Sunday Sermon On Mark 11:1-11

Looking Around and Leaving Nothing Behind – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Mark 11:1-11

Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ (From the Palm Sunday gospel, Mark 11:1-11) Every time I read, hear, or say those words I can’t help but think of a saying you probably know. … Continue reading Looking Around and Leaving Nothing Behind – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Mark 11:1-11

Emptying and Embodying – A Sermon for Palm Sunday; Mark 11:1-11

The collect and readings for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Mark 11:1-11 and Philippians 2:5-11. Today is a strange mixture of gospel readings, emotions, and contrast. We began with a parade; shouts of “Hosanna,” a declaration of praise and a cry for salvation; and the waving of palms, the ancient symbol … Continue reading Emptying and Embodying – A Sermon for Palm Sunday; Mark 11:1-11

The Triumph of Palm Sunday

Yesterday we celebrated the Proper Liturgy for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. One of the primary themes of this day is the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This year the story of the triumphal entry came from Mark 11:1-11. The triumphal entry also marks our entry into Holy Week. During the blessing of the palms we prayed: On this day he entered the holy … Continue reading The Triumph of Palm Sunday