The end is beginning. Or is it the beginning that is ending? The scripture lessons read today are filled with images—with contrasts. At first, we cry, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” When the Pharisees told Jesus to stop the palm-waiving disciples who were crying, “Hosannas”, he told them that if they didn’t cry out, the stones would have to do it. Jesus must be proclaimed King on this day. The coming events must take place. They were planned from the beginning, and Jesus has chosen to take this path.
Then we read, and also cry, “Crucify, crucify him!” Must we always betray and get rid of that which we do not understand? It happened then, and it happens today. And so, we watched him die. Jesus says, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” A Holy Week hymn says, “Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee. ‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee: I crucified thee.”
“But we did not crucify Him,” we say, “they did—a long time ago.” If not then, how about today?
We are sorry, Lord. Hear our prayer.
“Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.”—The Book of Common Prayer
Blessed are you, Jesus, who comes in the name of the Lord.
~ dlw 2014