Well, here we go. It’s Palm Sunday. And so Holy Week begins.
Palm Sunday used to be just Palm Sunday in many progressive churches. But now it’s Palm/Passion Sunday. People weren’t showing up for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. They were going from the triumphant “Hosanna” of Palm Sunday to the glorious “He is Risen” of Easter Sunday without going through the horrifying “Crucify him!” of Good Friday. Sure, it was kind of sneaky. But we had to do something!
I understand the impulse. Who doesn’t want to go from glory to glory and just skip the frightening, painful, anguishing, condemning stuff in the middle? But we can’t. It’s part of life. And how much better to go through it together; and go through it aware of God’s presence through it all.
See you this Sunday! With love, Pastor Laurie