Reflection by Scott Stoner
The two Gospel readings for Palm Sunday create completely different emotional reactions within us when we hear them read. The first reading tells of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as he is greeted with the words, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” The second Gospel tells of the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion. The readings together take us on quite a dramatic journey.
In yesterday’s reflection, Vicki Garvey invited us to some authentic soul-searching as she challenged us to think about how we, too, can act like the crowd in the Passion Gospel, refusing to stand up for the injustice that is being done to Jesus. When have we “stayed safely hidden in the crowd” and not taken the risk to speak up when others are being treated unfairly?
We can do this hard work of acknowledging our sin of complacency because we know that our honest confession opens the door to forgiveness, just as it did for Jesus’ followers.
Making It Personal: Can you think of a time recently when you did no speak out or act in the face of injustice? Do you want to ask for forgiveness for this? Is there someone you know who is being treated unfairly that you want to stand up for right now?
Follow along with us this Lent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.