Lent 6c – Sunday 24th March 2013 – Palm Sunday
Luke 19: 28-40
Two years ago I had the idea of beginning a weekly blog which would try and focus my mind on the forthcoming lectionary readings in readiness for the Sunday service later that week. A blog for members of my own congregation, for other Christians, and for ministers, pastors and worship leaders themselves preparing for weekly services.
My main inspiration is always from the gospel reading, but I try to put it into context with a topical news story or event that has happened to me.
This week I was overwhelmed with the number of influences I could call on:
- The election of Pope Francis I
- Ipswich Town footballer Tyrone Mings who bought a ticket for a ‘skint’ fan via a Twitter conversation
- Comic Relief and a very inappropriate (and indeed offensive) sketch by Rowan Atkinson as Archbishop of Canterbury
- The utter decimation of the England Rugby Team by a rampant Welsh XV
But no. Something more selfish. This is my 100th blog! 100 different takes on the gospel story and what it means to us. But how, I hear you ask, does this bear any relation to the Palm Sunday Reading knocking at our door this week?
Well, every version of the Bible, and every portrayal of this reading in the four gospels, has it down as The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. So this is A Triumphal Blog! Nothing more. Nothing less. God is good. How could I expand on that? Fantastic. Amazing grace.
And if anything could sum up my faith, my belief in God’s love and providence for my life, if I have anything to say that’s worth listening to, I would shout this from the rooftops:
Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name!
All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places!
And you know, if I didn’t say it, “…the stones would do it, shouting praise.” Amen.