Friday, March 30, 2007

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday may be my favorite Sunday of the year. I could spin you a big theological tale about the significance and the hope for the future, blah, blah, blah.

I just like the involvement of the kids waving the palm branches. It is as simple as that.

Luke 19:28-40

28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30"Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "

32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

34They replied, "The Lord needs it."

35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"[a]
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

40"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

Don't you wish that the stones would cry out about the war in Iraq? about the death of innocents? about the poor in the world suffering from hunger or Aids or rape? about the elderly who cannot afford the medicines they need just to keep them alive, not to mention to live free from pain? about the ever-escalating destruction of our environment?

Well, I don't think the stones are going to cry out folks, but we sure can. Next week is Holy Week. I challenge myself and I challenge you to do something, some small thing to make the world better, each day. Call a politician, give a small (or large) amount to a charity that feeds people or provides medicines. Find a quarter mile stretch of road and pick up the trash. Walk somewhere you usually drive to, to save gas. Make that call you've been putting off to an elderly (or maybe not elderl)relative or friend or church member and let them know they matter to you. Go for a walk by yourself and think and hear and ponder. Take care of yourself because you can't care for others if you don't care for yourself. Protest injustice. Walk a dog at your local Humane Society. Smile at someone who usually makes you frown. Practice Random Acts of Kindness. It won't kill ya.

I'll try to post about what I do next week. I'd love to hear from you and I'll post yours, too. I am not try to presumptuous with your time and talents. I just love Holy Week.