Happy Palm Sunday! Lent is wrapping up, but society as a whole will, unfortunately, be giving up a lot for the foreseeable future. The story of Palm Sunday has always made me ponder at how quickly things changed for Jesus. On Sunday, he was being hailed as he triumphantly entered into Jerusalem. By mid-week, there was a secret plot on his life and collusion with one of his closest followers. On Friday, he was gruesomely executed. It all changed so fast.
Things have changed for the world in a matter of weeks. A month ago at this time, I was sitting in a Starbucks in Manhattan with Kiki and Z and wondering if Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) would be able to help me manage my chronic illness. Now? I’m home, self-isolating, trying to manage anxiety about COVID-19 with a cooped up nine year old, and a work-from-home husband and his many video meetings. And all those MSK appointments have been moved to this summer, of course. Life moves fast.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”Matthew 21: 1-11