In worship today, we heard the recounting of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We are reminded that are rewarded by reflecting on God’s mighty acts and desire to be connected to humanity through Christ’s presence. Our reading from the Prophet Isaiah in Hebrew scripture was taken from the Servant song. Isaiah reminded his people and us that God is constantly with them and upholds humanity day-by-day. Isaiah also reiterates for all to remember that if God is on our side, we cannot be declared guilty. The Psalmist sang a song asking God for mercy when they were in trouble and beset by the world. They also remind us that God’s loving-kindness will save us. The Epistle was from the letter to the Philippians and confirmed that we can take comfort in the fact that Jesus, God incarnate, made the same journey we do. The gospel was Matthew’s recounting of Jesus betrayal, conviction, and crucifixion.

Today’s homily serves to assure us that the message of Palm Sunday is not “sin and highlighting the evilness of humanity.” Our lessons help us remember that Christ walks with us in the storms of life and that God never leaves us to suffer alone. God is with us in our pain, and Jesus confirms God’s connection to humanity.

I invite your comments,

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

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