Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest of the weeks of the Christian year, will dramatize the famous story of how human beings have the capacity to move quickly from offering praise to encouraging punishment. It also points to a certain responsibility that we have afterwards. We go from singing “all glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer King to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring” to shouting “Crucify him!” Throughout this time span, the complexity of the human condition and the profound reality of our sin and brokenness are at hand, as are our natural abilities to exercise good and evil.
This very complexity is all the more reason for us to engage the fullness of what will be offered daily at St. Peter’s during Passion Week as well as during Eastertide. Through common worship and fellowship, people of faith, hope, justice, and love are able to do far more good than not and are reminded that their sins and brokenness can be reconciled. Our journey with Jesus from Palm Sunday (aka Passion Sunday) to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night and on into Sunday morning or evening is bound to lead us into new or improved lives. To journey in prayer and worship with our Lord through his life, death, and resurrection is to accompany him in ways that will definitely transform us.
As we travel through Passion Week and long to reach Easter, may we actively seek to reconcile ourselves with God and our neighbors. The corporate Confession of Sin and the individual sacrament of the Reconciliation of a Penitent (by appointment with a priest) are available to us during this season and always to support us on the way.
I look forward to making my own confession soon and am glad that God is forgiveness.
–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector