Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
The Palm Sunday Journey
Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in recognition of the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus' final agonizing journey to His crucifixion.
The road was well known, but this journey was unique.
We remember the triumphal entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem. A journey to fulfil destiny. This week begins with palms and ends with lilies.
New beginnings come from endings and our journey of faith never ends. Life leads us to places we never thought possible. It leads us in directions we never thought we would have to travel. Part of our journey is full of expectations and hopes and dreams ... and it’s fun to follow them.
There are times ... along the way ... when our dreams are shattered, and some of the hopes we have never come to fruition.
The ashes on our forehead as we began the 40 days of Lent were a sign of our mortality, that we are pilgrims, that life, the time we have here, is precious and we must use it well. The use of ashes, made by burning palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday, is very symbolic.
This week we go From Palms to Passion. That is the path that our Lord takes to victory. Now we draw near Jerusalem, Holy Week, with palms in our hands.
The Journey begins in Triumph. Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday. The palms come to represent the glory of Christ.
The Passion of our Lord is where Jesus’ suffering for our sins and his strong desire for our salvation come together. And that is why we come together on this day and praise him with our palms.