Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016

… the large crowd … when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord  …

Jn 12: 12, 13

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Do you want to understand Palm Sunday today in America or the world, ask yourself who would assemble to greet Jesus in the manner that he was greeted by the jubilant Believers described in the above passage?

Would you turn out to celebrate?  Would Barrack Obama be there?  The head of Planned Parenthood?  The Kardashians?  Harry Reid?

Really, ask yourself who might show up to welcome “He who comes in the name of the Lord?”  Would you see the editorial board members of national newspapers?  Noted TV personalities?  A joyous contingent of university faculty? Bernie Sanders?

How about you?  Would you be there?  Would you know the joy?  Feel the event deep down in your heart and in your soul?

My son and I some years ago went to Italy and stood in St. Peter’s Square awaiting a very ill Pope John Paul II to appear and read his weekly greeting to the hundreds of men, women and children who crowded the Square.

When he appeared, my son and I wept with emotion – two men, tough, smart, and determined, wept like babies in the presence of one who came there “in the name of the Lord.”

That ought to put Palm Sunday in context for you today.

Do you believe?  Do you LIVE your belief?  Do your acts show it?  Does your life show it?

Shalom.

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