When Jesus was reading from the scriptures in the synagogue in Nazareth, his home village, he read words from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has sent me to bring freedom to those who are held captive, healing to those who are blind, and the good news of God’s blessing.” Then he told them that they were about to see what those words looked like in real life. He spend his three years of ministry bring those words to life.
We drew ourselves onto a giant map of the village, to remind ourselves that we can also make Isaiah’s words come to life in our ‘ordinary place’ just as Jesus did.
Palm Sunday takes us on a journey from the gates of Jerusalem to the dereliction of the cross. It takes us on an emotional journey from the hope and expectation of prophecy fulfilled as Jesus rides in on the Donkey to the confusion, heartache and bitter betrayal of Maundy Thursday night and Good Friday. It takes us on a theological journey, redefining salvation from a triumphant victory over the rulers who oppress on earth to a much quieter, yet more significant victory over all that oppresses the human soul.
Palm Sunday 10.30am Family Eucharist at St Mary’s Buckden
As we walk the way of the cross again this week, we see for ourselves the depths of sin that led Jesus there, and the depths of love that enabled him to make the journey, even knowing what suffering it would bring. If we allow ourselves to see through the eyes of the crowds, the eyes of the disciples, the eyes of Peter, of Pilate, of the High Priest, and even of Judas, we may also learn more about how we ourselves see Christ. In this way we will be equipped to witness alongside the centurion, the Marys, and the disciples the true power of the resurrection: what it means for us and for the world.