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
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
The Palm/Entry Narrative – Luke 18:28-40 (41-46) The Passion Narrative – Luke 22:14-23:56 As we do every year we began this day by taking our place in the triumphal entry, singing our hosannas, and carrying our palms. The triumphal entry, palms, and hosannas have in many ways come to characterize this day and the beginning of Holy Week. That’s not, however, what I want to … Continue reading The Tearful Entry into Holy Week – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Luke 19:28-46
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
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
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
The collect and readings for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the gospel for the Liturgy of the Palms, Luke 19:28-40. 28After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of … Continue reading Which Will It Be, Palms or Cloaks?
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