Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 5 April

A palm leaf against a blue sky.

A palm leaf against a blue sky.

The crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Matthew 21:9

Today on Palm Sunday we see Jesus enter Jerusalem in triumph. Seated on a colt, welcomed by the shouts of joy and praise of his disciples. They cannot keep the good news to themselves.  

This contrasts with Peter in the Passion story, which we also hear today. Peter loses faith and denies Jesus three times.  

Time to speak out 

Think of a time when you were brimming with confidence and joy and wanted the whole world to know why. Could you have kept quiet? 

Now think of a time when you should have spoken out. When you should have admitted your guilt, or your faith. A time when you should have stood up for what was right, but you just weren’t able to do it.  

How did you feel?  

We are in good company. Even Peter got things wrong. He wasn’t brave enough to admit to his friendship with Jesus. Yet he became the rock on which Christ built his Church.  

None of us is perfect, but this Holy Week let us be brave and speak out. Let us lift our voices and refuse to be quieted. 

Lent prayer

Christ Jesus, forgive me for the times I have lost courage and been unable to speak up for what I know is right. Strengthen my voice to speak from my heart and help ensure that all people can make themselves heard. Amen. 


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