Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (Year B)

March 28, 2021

St. Anselm Church – Sudbury, MA

Readings: Mark 11:1-10; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/032821.cfm

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Let there be no mistake….

What we recall and recollect today was not just one more public parade.

It was a prophetic act that moved the people to shout

          “Glory! Glory to God in the highest!”

Let there be no mistake…

What we revive and recapture today was a triumphal entry.

Entering on a colt was a “rite” and right of royalty

— the dignitary’s motorcade of its day.

Sanctioning the singing of the Psalm:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord”—

Jesus accepted and allowed that he and this moment were monumental.

Moving enough to bring “tears to a glass eye,” “make a grown up cry”…

To such an extent that even the stones would cry out!        

“Glory! Glory to God in the highest!”

Let there be no mistake…

Today we do not play at history, we celebrate a mystery.

With branches, palms, and procession

we celebrate today that Jesus is still the One who comes

                             amidst our trials and tribulations,

“through every danger, toil, and snare.”

“Glory! Glory to God in the highest” is our song.

“Blessed is he comes in the name of the Lord,”

who rides alongside us here in Massachusetts, or Lithuania, or Portugal or India, or wherever you are from…

          amidst gangs and guns

          poverty or illness, domestic discord;

who blesses our hearts and hands

as we struggle to make manifest the mighty deeds that God has done.

“Blessed is he comes in the name of the Lord,”

who is with us here at St. Anselm’s Church,

          with us on this pilgrim journey—

                    as the stones cry out for justice and peace;

                                       as our hearts are heavy or our spirits sigh;

                    as we rejoice in lives lived in love and compassion;

                                       as we step and strain to offer a glance or chance

to heal and help as we make our way;

                    as we comfort and console our beloved who are dying daily

                                       and mourn and moan with our family after loss.

As we marvel at what quiet miracles God has worked in our sight.

We enter into a week called holy

           to remember Jesus, who showed himself in both palm and passion,

          in celebration and suffering,

                    in might and mourning.

Our steps may be hesitating —

                             but no less real and true.

So whatever struggle you may have,

          whatever the joy you may have,

          whatever cloak we have to throw down to be free,

                             throw down to make way for Jesus to enter

let there be no mistake…

Jesus is with us all the way!  Let us be with him too this week, all the way to Calvary, the tomb and into his final glory.

“Glory! Glory to God in the highest!”

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Amen.