Palm Sunday: Beginning of the week that changed the world

Luke 19:28-30, 35-38

Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany
at the place called the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples.
He said, “Go into the village opposite you,
and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered
on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here….”
So they brought it to Jesus,
threw their cloaks over the colt,
and helped Jesus to mount.
As he rode along,
the people were spreading their cloaks on the road;
and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives,
the whole multitude of his disciples
began to praise God aloud with joy
for all the mighty deeds they had seen.
They proclaimed:
“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest.”

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week in Christianity.

It is the week that changed the world. The week in which the Son of God, who chose to become incarnate, sacrificed Himself, was tortured horribly, nailed to a cross and left to die — in atonement for the shattering, cataclysmic sin of our first parents and humanity’s subsequent sins.

For why it takes God to atone the sin of Adam and Eve, see “Lent and the Fall of Adam & Eve“.

For why God became man in order to save humanity, see “The parable of the farmer and the geese“.

Our sins are so horrific that, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, He actually sweated blood, seeing every sin of humanity, from the first to the last.

That’s how much He loves us narcissistic, petty, selfish, ever-bickering, ever-warring, utterly wretched, and downright murderous humans.

For many Christians, this Palm Sunday — and Easter, too — is particularly difficult because many churches are closed because of local-state governments’  coronavirus “shelter-in-place” policy. But we can offer our distress and difficulties to our Lord, as a special Lent penance.

And if you so fortunate that your church isn’t closed today, you will receive a long piece of palm leaf. This video gives very easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make a cross from your palm.

And remember to tell Him “Thank you” and that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 year ago

Wonderful lesson for today, particularly loved the video on making a cross out of a Palm tree leaf

God Bless you Dr Eowyn for all you do on behalf of the FOTM family.

William
William
1 year ago

This post made me weep. It pulled me back from hate to the better angels of our nature. Prayers and blessings

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

And with Your Spirit, Amén!

stevenbroiles
1 year ago

Virginia Woolfe was absolutely WRONG: Human nature DID NOT “change around 1910”; It changed when Adam & Eve sinned, thus making all people from them to the last human being to be born, prone to the moral disorder of sin. We must believe in the FACT and the TRUTH about Original Sin! This week commemorates the Week in which Our Lord Jesus Christ resolved to Obey the Father and Redeemed humanity and made Salvation possible to all who follow and obey Our Lord. This is the Week in which Our Lord had resolved—from before the beginning of the world—to Save… Read more »

stevenbroiles
1 year ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank you, Dr. Eowyn.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago

Palm Sunday’s readings always effect me profoundly. To reflect on our knees over the Lord’s suffering and release is transformative. I try every year to set this week aside as my time of renewal, leading to Easter’s renewal of my baptism.

I feel like today, leads to Thursday’s supper, Friday’s passion and Saturday’s Vigil, and Sunday begins another year. Trying to live a liturgical life helps me remember to place all of the daily idiocy in perspective.

We have much to celebrate. Today is another day the Lord made.

Ziggy
Ziggy
2 months ago

I just wanted to share- I’ve never observed Palm Sunday. I’m quite new to all of this. Yesterday while playing in the garden with my kids, my daughter kept getting long ornamental grass and folding it, tying it- making little decorations. I was so moved when I found this post last night- the palm crosses were similar to the decorations she had made earlier that day. She would have had no idea about Palm Sunday, she’s never made decorations like that before- but somehow it’s like she was subliminally connecting to Palm Sunday. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this post… Read more »

Ziggy
Ziggy
2 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank YOU!

And Thank God <3

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 month ago

My thoughts only— Of course I love Christ-Mass, or Nativity, in our holy observances. It says that, in addition to the birth of the Son of God on Earth, (infant who grew into adulthood–as we all will do or did)–He, to show God’s love to us also showed us that the birth of every child gives us an insurance for our life on Earth, giving us a reason to exist/continue onward in our humanity, & problem-solving/striving for meeting human needs….then in our journey back to our Father, our Creator. What we do here on Earth is but half of our… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
1 month ago

Jesus is THE reason we have a future at all, that and God’s grace and mercy.
If you all could pray for my dad, I’d appreciate it.
Have a blessed Easter everyone.