Bishop Ward encourages us to follow Jesus with our hearts, rather than our heads, as we enter into the last days of Lent.
Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Our Palm Sunday song is a song of praise to God – a thanksgiving for all that we see in Jesus as He enters Jerusalem riding upon a humble donkey. The donkey’s stepping on coats thrown to make a royal path for Him, palm branches waved in the air by children. All signs of royalty, a very strange sort of royalty for this earth.
As we follow Jesus into Holy Week, we follow the stations of the cross. We follow the story step by step, day by day, as Jesus is betrayed, as Jesus is denied, as Jesus is scourged, as He is nailed to a cross and lifted above the earth.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says beautifully, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself.” When we look at this beautiful art, any time that we enter the Dixon Chapel, we are reminded that God has chosen to bring this whole world back through suffering and redeeming love. What wondrous love is this, that Christ dies for us. Jesus is nailed to the cross and the cross is lifted high above the earth.
Theologians have said we stand under this cross, we never understand it. It’s not a matter of our heads, it is more a matter of our hearts. So let us follow Jesus with our hearts all the way to the cross where he dies, and then onward through that very quiet, quiet Sunday.
May your Holy Week journey be a journey towards the cross, towards the newest embrace of God, towards this wonder of God’s redeeming love. Grace and peace to you as you make this journey towards Easter.