Thought for the Week

 

The mood of Lent changes this weekend as we arrive in Jerusalem with Jesus and celebrate Palm Sunday. Although, Palm Sunday is a joyful occasion and we greet Jesus as a King, “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”, I always wonder if I, like so many in the crowd, would have gone from shouting Jesus’ praise and glory to calling for his execution just a few days later. So, Palm Sunday,  forms part of our Lenten self examination and is the first step on our Journey through Holy Week. I would like to invite you to be fellow Pilgrims on the journey towards the cross in the week ahead by joining in with our online reflections on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be using well known hymns to help us consider the events of Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday there will be a service and short vigil at St James before we consider the events of Good Friday with services at St Nicholas and St Michael’s. If we don’t move through the events of Holy Week, it is like only reading the beginning and end of book but then we don’t know all the plot twists that have happened in the middle! As a well known hymn reminds us, “ We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travelers on the road…”