During the season of Lent, I will be sharing a short post each day as part of the Lent-Photo-a-Day Journey, providing a sort of brief reflection and witness through the journey to and through the cross, to the tomb, and out into the world.
The word designated for March 29th is “Walk.”
Today faith communities and congregations everywhere remembered and celebrated as part of Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. For many this may have included walking and processing in together in a communal walk like the parade of Jesus, the Disciples and children upon triumphantly entering into Jerusalem.
Hear these words from the gospel of Matthew, which you might have heard (or something like them from another gospel) in worship today:
“When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethpage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; until them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this,
‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.'” – The Gospel of Matthew 21:1-11
How did you remember or celebrate Palm Sunday today? How is your Holy Week beginning?