On this day we recall that one moment ordinary folks were shouting Hosanna to the Son of David, allowing him to ride like royalty and laying their cloaks on the ground before him to trod upon, while boisterously proclaiming him their king. Yet before the week was out, another crowd was shouting: “crucify him!” – the most ignominious of all public executions at the time.
Perhaps this is a good time to ask ourselves if there are not similar paradoxes in our own lives when it comes to our relationship with our savior.
Perhaps it is a good time to reflect on the words of Thomas A. Kempis in his 15th century booklet: The Imitation of Christ, when speaking about the challenges to the Christian life:
“(We are) …distracted by many curiosities and entangled in many vanities, surrounded by many errors and worn by many labors, oppressed by temptation, weakened by pleasure, and tortured by want.”
What Christ did was open the way to save us from all this. Are we willing to join Him in the journey?