Lent reflection for 28 March Palm Sunday
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord!”
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. We join the procession and sing our own song of praise.
This contrasts with the Passion story, which we also hear today. The crowd turns and calls for Jesus to be crucified. As part of the liturgy we often add our voices to theirs. Peter loses his courage and denies Jesus three times.
Can you think of a time in life when you have fallen in with the crowd, even though it didn’t feel right?
Or a time when you knew you should have stood up for someone or something, but like Peter, you just weren’t courageous enough?
We all have moments when we don’t manage to live up to our ideals. When we fall short of what God is asking of us, and of our own expectations.
But there is comfort to be found in the example of Peter. He denied Jesus but went on to become the rock on which the Church was built.
None of us is perfect, but this Holy Week, let’s try to be more like the joyful crowd on the way into Jerusalem. Let us be brave and speak out. Let us lift our voices and refuse to be quieted.
Palm Sunday prayer
Christ Jesus, forgive me for the times I have lost courage and been unable to speak up for what I know is right, or when I have been too easily led by others. Strengthen my voice to speak from my heart. May those whose voices are often silenced because of poverty or exclusion make themselves heard at last. Amen.
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