Grace and consolation to you as we begin our Holy Week journey this Palm Sunday. It was a bright sun-filled celebration beginning with a procession across the church yard. Warm and inviting to help us settle in for our commemoration of the Passion. It is a reminder for us as we begin the journey to the commemoration of the Resurrection – there is still more work to do and more encouragement to be garnered from our relationship with Jesus; even (or especially) the Jesus of the cross.

The Passion reading from Matthew, almost two full chapters, provides a lot of material to draw our attention and to capture our thoughts as we ponder the Christ. Sometimes we pause with wonder and ask, “Why did Jesus have to die to save us?” The answer is complicated and the relationship cemented by that act is mysterious to say the least. Yet, it evolves for us that Jesus’ death is crucial for our life. Without which we do not have our interaction, at least in a way that makes a little sense, with God. Where are you being invited to listen and contemplate Jesus’ sacrifice and joining humanity. What do you think?

I invite your prayers,

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66

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