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March 26, 2018, 8:46 AM

Homily from March 25, 2018

Reading: Mark 14:1 - 15:47

Grace and peace to each of you this day.

Now, there is a lot that is going on in our service today. We’ve entered into worship proudly waving palm fronds as we shout Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!

We enter into this day in celebration and victory much like those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem so many thousands of years ago. We get to remember that joyous moment. A moment full of hope, joy, and more.

Yet, as we will soon discover, that moment of joy was only fleeting. For we quickly move from the triumph of victory to the agony of defeat. As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we also remember the Passion of Our Lord today as well.

This morning we get to hear the penultimate story of our Lord’s life before the resurrection. Today we get to hear of the distrust, the fear, the distress, the betrayal, the hurt, the death.

Today, we get to hear and participate into the entire story leading up to the resurrection. But, different from today is that I (once I stop this little homily) won’t be ‘preaching’ on what we hear this morning. We get to hear the scripture – in its fullness – alone. We get to hear this story once again.

I invite you therefore, to listen to this story (and participate) as if you’re hearing it for the first time. You might be surprised in how you’ve remembered this story of our Lord.

As we listen to this Passion of our Lord I also invite each of you to fully participate in our Holy Week services this week. Today we get most of the story in one big bite, but we get to dive deeper into this story on Thursday as we look more closely at this story leading to Jesus being handed over. On Friday, we take the opportunity to commemorate the darkest day of our lives of faith – we enter into Good Friday as we hear the story of the passion after our Lord is handed over.

Yet, we still know the fullness of this story and we know where the story goes. We know that today’s words and the words of Thursday and Friday are not the end. This not the final word for us as people of faith and especially as people of faith on this side of the resurrection. But, in order to experience the fullness of that joy to come, we must first endure the whole story. All it’s pain, all it’s sadness, all our complicity within it.

So, it is here in that knowledge that we hear the Passion of our Lord according to the Gospel of Mark…

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