Palm Sunday’s mood is one of exuberance and hope, as Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the cheers of the Jerusalem crowds. Now the events of Holy Week begin to unfold. Jesus defies the religious authorities by overturning moneychangers’ tables at the temple. On Palm Sunday the crowds acclaim him as “the Son of David.” Now in these next days the authorities begin their campaign to change the mood of the populace, harassing Jesus with all sorts of challenges.
Jesus’ goal was already articulated in one of Isaiah’s servant songs: “… to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness” (Isaiah 42:7). But first his path will lead through suffering and death. In these next days on the streets of Jerusalem the forces of evil will gather their strength against him.
Lord, help us through whatever times of suffering we too experience. Amen.
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