The Collect: “Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
Today, we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. There was a great celebration as people heralded their king. Children sang. The people cried out, “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” They laid their coats and palm branches on the road before him. Jesus was revealed as the promised Messiah to those who had eyes to see and hearts to believe.
Sadly, the celebration didn’t last long. Some of those people heralding Jesus as king would be the same ones screaming, “Crucify him, crucify him!” just days later.
Throughout his life, Jesus shows us the way of humility. He gave up all the rights and comforts of heaven to come among us. Jesus walked the way of suffering all the way to the cross where he took the full burden of our sins upon him.
Now, we must also walk that road. Thankfully, we have the power of his Holy Spirit to empower us and we walk with our eyes on Jesus knowing that as we share in his suffering, we will also share in his resurrection.
Walk with us this week Lord. Help us to faithfully walk through the suffering so that we can share in the glories of your resurrection. Create in us the humility we saw in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.