Readings for April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-25
“And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken and asked, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds replied, ‘This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.’”
Jesus’ disciples preceded him to Jerusalem and greeted him as king and Lord. But the residents of the City of God did not know him. They asked, “Who is this?” All that they knew was that he was a simple prophet, perhaps a revolutionary, from Nazareth, a town of little renown. With that lack of recognition, it was easy for the chief priests and pharisees to turn the crowds against him and call for his crucifixion.
Now, it is my duty to make it more difficult, to make it impossible, to turn me against him in that same way. And the difference maker in this is to make sure that I know him. Daily, I profess to know Jesus is Lord, the second person of the Holy Trinity, but to truly know Him is to love Him. And I am called to love the Lord with the entirety of my being–all my heart, mind, soul and strength. When I do know and love Him, my heart cannot be so easily turned against him. Love and knowledge, then, call me to a steadfast faith, even in difficult times.
My Lord Jesus, may I know you and love you always. May my faith remain firm, even in times of trial, desolation, and dryness. You suffered and died for my sins. May I always approach you with grateful praise. All glory, all honor, all praise, and all thanksgiving to you, Jesus Christ my Lord and my God. Amen