Holy Week begins… and an inspiring sermon this morning (see Fr Simon’s blog post for today: King On A Colt) reminded me of Jesus’ humility, and that God’s Son did not come to die, but to live a God-filled life for us.
He left us with a vision for peace, for unity, for a love-filled world. This vision of a heavenly earth, he was prepared to die for. And it was this vision that we must remember. We must remember why he died. He did not die as a sacrifice to appease the fiery god so many frustratingly worship. Our God is love John tells us. Life tells us. Life shows us. Together, we must remember why he came, what he has taught and teaches us, and what we must do, honouring, thanking, and loving the One who gave us this chance at living life to its fullest.
God loves you, we said to one another today in church this morning as we shook hands. God loves you. God loves everyone. So if we want to love God, let’s start with loving our brothers and sisters in the human family, with English, with American, with Iraqi, with all.
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
My ‘Song of the Week’ is sadly not available on YouTube… but is on Spotify (click here to listen) and presumably on iTunes. It is a classical piece called Latitud de Amor on Darian Stavans’ album The Place of Dreams…