Scripture reference is Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-41; John 12:12-18).
Today’s Palm Sunday. This is the day we commemorate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Here we see the crowds shouting, “Hosanna!” and laying down their palm leaves and cloaks on the road before the arriving Jesus. Although Jesus was greeted was accolades from the crowds; he knew he was coming into Jerusalem to meet his destiny: betrayal; arrest; trial and torture; and ultimate death on the cross.
Today is also the start of Holy Week (or Passion Week) where the countdown to Calvary begins. Here we see (to some) the beginning of the end for Jesus. We will go through the days of Jesus’s teaching in the Temple as he tries to prepare his disciples for life after he is gone. It’s a week that we wind up our Lenten Season as we prepare for Easter. For us on this side of the cross, we know what is going to happen; we recount and celebrate every year these events. However for those with Jesus on the other side of cross, it’s an unfolding drama that will be played out before the eyes of Jesus and those with him; each with his or her part to play.
As we near of our Lenten journey, let’s not just look at this day with celebration; let’s also look at it with contemplation at what was happening. Maybe what we need to do is see through Jesus’s eyes at what awaited him.
The clock is now ticking and the countdown has begun…