Apr 06, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace-but now it is hidden from your eyes...because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you." (Luke 19:41-42, 44)
Palm Sunday...a day of paradox...mixed messages...
- The disciples were rejoicing ...Jesus was weeping.
- Those who exclaimed "crown him!" would soon be yelling "crucify him!"
- The king is introduced...riding humbly on a donkey.
- God comes...God not recognized.
- A whole city is stirred...but only a few hearts.
- They laid down their cloaks...but not their lives.
This Holy Week what could be worse than not recognizing the time of God's coming, or as one translation puts it, "the moment of God's visitation" to us? As we walk this journey with Jesus to the Cross, we can know that he walks the journey of our lives with us. He visits us in the "moments" of our day. When we miss him, he weeps over us. When we notice and respond, we experience his peace and fullness, grace upon grace.
There are several "moments" offered to us this week that allow us to enter the mystery and drama of redemption: Maundy Thursday where we remember the Last Supper and the "mandate" to love one another; Good Friday where we focus on Jesus pouring out his life for us, dying that we might live; Holy Saturday, the in-between waiting time between death and resurrection; and, finally, Resurrection Sunday when we celebrate and embrace the victory of our Lord over sin, death, and Satan. I pray that none of us misses any of these moments of God's visitation.