Matthew 21:1-11. Zechariah 9:9-10, Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Power, Violence, Life

Will to Power or Will to Life? – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11

Have you ever thought of Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession as a protest march? What if that’s what it really is? What if it is a resistance movement? What if it is highlighting the struggle that takes place in every human heart – the will to power or the will to life? I’ve come to believe that that’s exactly what is happening today. Palm Sunday, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, sets up a confrontation and it has the whole city in turmoil. Continue reading Will to Power or Will to Life? – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11

Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday, Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 27:11-54, Sermon, Holy Week, Triumphal Entry

Life-giving Turmoil – A Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, Matthew 21:1-11

Today is known as the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday. (There are two gospel readings: Matthew 21:1-11 (the triumphal entry) and Matthew 27:11-54 (the passion)). I’ve been wondering and thinking though about a different name for this day. What if we renamed today “Turmoil Sunday?” Does that sound like the gospel to you? Did you show up today hoping or expecting Jesus to bring … Continue reading Life-giving Turmoil – A Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus, The Man of Turmoil – A Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday

The collect and readings for today, Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, may be found here. Today’s liturgy brings together the palms and the passion with two readings from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The following sermon is based on the Palm Sunday gospel, Matthew 21:1-11. When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two … Continue reading Jesus, The Man of Turmoil – A Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday