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Entering Into Holy Week

     Today we begin the most holiest week of all weeks, Holy Week. This is the week, in which we Catholics and Christians remember the victorious saving actions of Christ, through his death on the cross and his resurrection to new life. It is this week that we journey to the cross of Christ, contemplating the mystery of the Cross and what it holds for us. It is through Christs death that God saved his people, shattered human limitations and proved the glory of his plan. 

      With the entire Church around the world, we celebrate today the welcoming of Christ into Jerusalem. He enters into the great city riding the simplest animal, a donkey so as to fulfil the scripture. As Jesus enters he is greeted with a crowed of people waving palms and lying their cloaks on the ground in front of him. They cheered with joy saying, " Hosanna... Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." It is this same cheering crowed that will shortly switch their joyful cry  of "Hosanna"  into a  hate-filled yell of "Crucify Him." 

    The change of heart came from the people after Jesus didn't reach their expectations. The Jewish people lived in constant fear of the Romans. So the people expected a strong, warrior saviour, who would liberate them from the Romans. They expected a saviour, that would fulfil the prophecy and follow every strict current rule. But Jesus comes as a humble king, riding on a donkey, who isn't worried about saving people from the Romans, but rather, saving them from their sin. Instead of picking up a sword, Jesus picks up a cross and says, "Follow Me" 

    The cross was a sign of death, defeat, and terror. The cross was the death for a criminal. The process that the Romans did to the person before hand would have been enough to kill the person. But they continued with the crucifixion, which was a slow, and painful death.  Dying on the cross was anything but pleasant and the Romans shook fear into the people with the cross.  Obviously, when people looked upon the cross of Christ they saw defeat, a loss of hope and fidelity. (all of his disciples abandoned him for fear that they would be crucified as well.)

    But because of the resurrection, the cross was not a defeat, it was a victory. A victory in which Christ carried our sin, and saved us from death. It was the peoples expectations that crucified him. He did not fulfil their expectations, and when he was crucified, they saw defeat.

     So it can be with us also. We always can have expectations for God, thinking that we have it all sorted out. We think that the way we thought of it is the best way and so we expect God to fulfil what we want him to. But Holy week teaches us this: Let God be God. God sent his only Son to die. At first that may seem like a terrible thing, but it is only through dying and resurrecting that God saved us.  So we must also let God work. Even when we cannot see the resurrection in the face of the crucifixion.

    As we enter Holy Week, we must trust Gods Wisdom. That this king, riding in on donkey, will truly be the Saviour of the World. We must let God work, without our own interference. This is extremely difficult for us to do. We always want to be in control. We never want to be left loose, hanging. We want to know. Holy week, (and our faith life) is a journey of trust. Continually trusting God with our lived. So it is a necessity into truly experiencing the resurrection. We must let God work, because his ways are higher than any of our ways.

    So as we begin our final journey, our journey walking to the cross, may we come to let God be God. May we come worshipping the Saviour of the World  free from internal expectations, but acknowledging that God as it better.  Palm Sunday teaches us to worship Christ for who he truly is and let him work, even if that means dying.


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