Welcome to the beginning of Holy Week.
Holy Week is a powerful time in our church year and within our life of faith, but it is also a challenging week.
I have been thinking about how our gospel this morning (and week) is exactly what creates best-selling novels and movies. It has the full range of human emotion.
It has the joyful and triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
It has the hope of Jesus’ followers. The hope that he was the Messiah, the Anointed One, that they had been long awaiting to reunite the tribes of Israel and to take his throne establishing a reign that would not end.
It has the betrayal from one of the most inner-part of Jesus’ circle (of disciples/followers).
It has the denial of another from the most inner-circle of Jesus’ disciples.
If you noticed in our scripture this morning, the disciples and those following Christ are mentioned “at a distance”. It is as though they wanted to separate themselves from the one that would be shamed and disgraced by death upon a cross. Read the rest of this entry »