Travelling into Holy Week

Palm Sunday is a threshold moment, when we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we re-enact his path to holiness and listen to the dramatic rendition of the Gospel of the Passion.We are asked to walk with Jesus, the dangerous and fragile steps towards Calvary. This is a threshold moment because Holy Week is a time when we decide just how far we want to travel in our faith. We might be comfortable simply being one of the palm waving crowd, cheering Jesus on. He is a good man after all! It’s good to go with the crowd, it’s safe. But we might like to journey further into Holy Week than that – possibly experiencing the Stations of the Cross which represent the stages of Jesus walk to his death. These images of the Via Dolorosa, the way of the cross, capture the scene in Jerusalem, Jesus’ followers anguish, the brutality of his persecutors and the agony of our Lord. At each stage, at each moment, we are given time to reflect upon this crime against God as well as the crimes that we commit against humanity. Sobering, confessional and deeply honest, we stand before our Lord as both persecutor and persecuted. How far do you want to travel into this Holy Week?

I wonder how we might experience a modern day Palm Sunday?

So, come and explore the faith of the Church which is our faith. But don’t stop exploring. Don’t attempt to leap from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday – we would deny ourselves the Easter experience.  Our vocation is not to be as fickle as the Jerusalem public who did not fully understand Jesus’ mission. If we want to recognise the Christ in our midst we need to step over the threshold of faith and accompany him through death to life.

Let us cross over the threshold of faith and be formed and re-formed in the image of Christ.  Let us journey into this sacred season with love for one another, and for the God of all-loving.  Let us carry the weak one’s and confront the strong one’s.  Let us search deep into our hearts and minds for the personhood of Christ.  And finally, let us gaze at the cross of glory with thanksgiving.  Jesus of Nazareth is the one walking towards us now, quietly, humbly, simply – desiring us to enter his life more fully, crossing the threshold of faith.

PALM SUNDAY ARRANGEMENTS – We will meet in Summertown Parade at 9.40am for the blessing of the palm crosses, the reading of the Gospel of the Palms and the procession led by the cross to church. Please do take part in this important act of witness and devotion.

COFFEE AND CAKES – Palm Sunday, April 9th, after the Eucharist. We are raising money in aid of the Red Cross for our sponsored walk in the summer. Do come and enjoy! Beth Knowles and Diana Edwards

Author: Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Summertown in the Oxford Diocese since September 2011. After serving his title at St Alphege, Solihull, Gavin became parish priest of St Andrew's Fulham Fields in London. He moved to Wales in 2005 becoming Chaplain to Monmouth School. He is married to Jo, a clinical psychologist, and they have three sons.