Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday

Today Jesus rides into Jerusalem. Children rejoice while the scribes and elders plot to destroy Him. The good that is embedded in the fabric of nature (which in our hearts is called conscience) is insufficient to stop this evil. Judas' conscience finally moves him to seek to return his money; too late. Pilate's wife urges him to do the right thing; she does not prevail. And the scribes and Pharisees are already hardened (see what ignoring the conscience finally does!) so that they are filled with glee when He is arrested and arraigned. Evil has its way with Him.

Yet by the mystery of His holy Passion, this will be the very way in which they are undone, as it is written, "In the net which they hid is their own foot taken." For Jesus' Passion is our redemption and victory.

So today is for us a day of joy, a prelude to Easter, a day of victory. We remember this holy joy even in the midst of life's troubles and sorrows. The victory is ours, and life and everlasting salvation.

The sermon.

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