2020-04-07 - After Palm Sunday
Many of us celebrated "Palm Sunday" yesterday, with most of us doing so online or over the phone. It was meaningful, just as was Christ's entry into Jeruslam for those greeeting him.
Mark 11:9-11 (NRSV) 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!”
The next day, things returned to normal. The temple was a beehive of buying and selling. In fact, Jesus was going about his normal business as well, doing His Father's work of healing.
Isn't that how we often do after worship services like yesterday's? We are attentive and contemplatife on Sunday, but then when Monday comes around, so does our immersion into our routine - or as would be true now, our "temporarily new normal" routine.
There is nothing wrong with our routines. In fact, as Luther and others taught us, the holy is often found in the "routine." But I hope that this week, we can keep the spirit of Palm Sunday with us every day, and remember the true meaning of this week's celebrations and commemorations. May we keep the true significance of Holy Week in our hearts, 24/7. We can do that, wherever we are, just as Corrie Ten Boom did in prison, worshippers do in hospitals and more.
Dear Father in Heaven, guide us this week, whether we are celebrating Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and/or Easter services, as well as the time in between them. May we keep Easter in our hearts year-round and live our lives in a manner that demonstrates that. In Jesus' name, amen. After all, we ARE Easter People.
All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
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