Dear Members and Friends,
This Sunday is called Palm Sunday, or, Passion Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week. Christians began Holy Week celebrations 1700 years ago. This is not a new idea.
This Sunday we will hear the long reading of the entire Passion Story, from the Gospel of Mark. We will begin with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, then Jesus in the Upper Room, Jesus praying in the garden, appearing before the high priest, Peter's denial, and end with Jesus before Pilate.
You will be relieved to know there is no sermon on Passion Sunday, only the reading of the whole story at one sitting. All year long we hear little snippets of this or that; the Bible story all scissored into little bits.
My grandchildren will not allow me to skip a page in one of their books, even if I'm the one - not them-falling asleep on the sofa. "Grandpa, you skipped a page!" Caught again.
Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday is when we sit and listen to the whole story; the heart of the Gospels. No pages skipped. It's a relief to hear it from the person who wrote the Gospel without feeble commentary from the preacher.
Every sentence is familiar; every paragraph included. Sometimes it is best just to listen with no commentary to muddle it up. That's this Sunday.
Bless you all,