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Palm Sunday or the Passion of Christ

Today’s Reflection

A SERIOUS REFLECTION on the scripture references for Palm Sunday remind us that Jesus did not take a leisurely ride to town along a path strewn with palm branches. That first Palm Sunday saw the final ride on the high road of principle, obedience, and faith that would lead to the death of Jesus. The disciples may have wished otherwise, but deep in their hearts they must have known that this ride was unlike no other Jesus had taken and would bring the end of the life they knew as his followers.

We can be sure that Jesus knew that the shouts of “Hosanna” would give way to the cry of “Crucify.” He knew because he was fully human and was well acquainted with the temptation to follow the path of political correctness and the easiest way out.

He also knew the shouts would change from “Hosanna” to “Crucify” because he was fully divine and could see clearly that his journey of incarnation was near the end. The coming humiliation and execution were now undeniable.

Jesus’ desire to be faithful was so overwhelmingly strong that he rode on in confidence and ultimate trust in God whom he knew intimately as Abba. There was no looking back with the question “What if?” His focus remained on God and God’s will as he moved forward, propelled and sustained by his deep faith in God’s goodness and love.

– Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job

A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

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Today’s Question

How do you answer God’s question, “Where are you?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Luke 19:37-38, NRSV

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  • Jill March 20, 2016, 4:53 am

    What caught my attention in the reading above was in the last paragraph…”trust in God whom he knew intimately as Abba.” How amazing that The Almighty God desires a personal, intimate relationship with each one of us. Humbling – in many ways. Father – I say yes. Yes to whatever You bring into my life. Help me to desire to be faithful as Your Son was faithful to His call. Thank You for Your call and guidance on and in my life.
    Marc – I think we were all blessed by your sharing yesterday. May you find His steady hand as you walk with Him. Thank you for your transparency.
    Grateful to watch my god daughter’s AAU game yesterday. So good to see joy on her face, even as she is so determined. Grateful for a short work week ahead. Grateful to know that when I finish school tasks today – I will be finished for the year with requirements for the program that my students are in. It will be an immense burden lifted.
    Wishing all UR readers a wonderful Palm Sunday.

  • Betsy March 20, 2016, 7:21 am

    Jesus knew what was to come because He was fully human. Sometimes we cannot grasp that his struggles were our struggles. He was surely tempted to take the easy “politically correct” road. What an example of faith and strength for us!
    Such rich responses yesterday; Marc, thank you for opening yourself to this group of prayer warriors. I will pray for you.
    Rusty, your Max Lucado reference was spot on. He has an artful way of “humanizing” God’s important role in our lives; like a Parent.
    April, I also was touched by the Sight Psalm a few days ago. I will pray for you as you discern whether to go with the current or cross to a new shoe.
    Ready to join others today to celebrate Jesus’s entrance this Palm Sunday. Blessings to all today.

  • April March 20, 2016, 11:03 am

    Thank you Betsy for our prayers for me and others. Your posts inspire me to pray for others in our UR family and to look around the world because prayer connects us.
    Jill, what a wonderful feeling to finish your school tasks today and complete requirements…congratulations on a job well done!!
    Lou, your continued posts in the midst of the challenges you are facing, assure and encourage me to have a relationship like you have with God…who is coming to save us.
    Andrea, how wonderful that you could share in the lives of your grandson and his parents. I pray for my grandchildren who live far away too.
    Marc, that you for sharing your testimonial. God is at work today to change all who call on him.
    Connie, thank you for summing up where you are, with my UR friends….so am I!!
    And so, whether I type or whisper your name, you are in my thoughts and prayers as our UR family gathers each day here are this site.
    Blessings on this Palm Sunday!!

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