Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus' Apostles, supporters and followers welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem with palm fronds in the same way one would have welcomed a conquering king at the time.
The irony is that despite the fanfare, despite the dedication, despite perhaps the vows of friendship and support, five days later, Jesus would die alone on the cross. Everyone bailed on Him. Apostles, disciples, followers, supporters, friends, family. They all abandoned Him. To a man.
What this represents at heart is a failure of morals and values on the part of Jesus' friends, something that many of us can probably relate to. Most of us have probably forsaken our values and morals at least at once in our lives.
On the one had, a certain flexibility of ideas is required because a completely inflexible value set can lead to rigid fundamentalist thought. But we also need to have to have the courage to stand up for what we think is right.
As we come to the end of our Lenten journey, hopefully we have been able to reflect on our own morals and value systems, and hopefully we will not fail to do what is right in the year to come.
My sermon this week was based on Luke 19:28-40.
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