Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
The sign on the gate said “Private.” The boundary was clear, but it occurred to me that in the U.S. we are more direct. Most of our signs say “No Trespassing.” Or even the more aggressive version I saw at the entrance to a residential area: “Residents Only: Others will be prosecuted.” Amazing the difference in tone.
Today is Palm Sunday when Jesus is paraded through a section of Jerusalem as if he is a king. (Luke 19:28-40) It’s a very public entrance into a week full of very public activities. Yet among the events when large crowds are present, there are many intimate moments. His friend Mary anoints his feet with perfume and dries them with her own hair. What we know as the “Last Supper” is apparently a very small celebration of the Passover for Jesus and his closest friends that roots them in their history and unites all but one of them in a deep bond. Jesus, the leader, stoops to wash the feet of his followers. His prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane are painfully honest. He speaks from the cross to his loved ones just before his death. His friends lovingly prepare his body for burial. All are private moments in the midst of the public final week of Jesus’ life.
As the final week of this year’s Lenten season, the coming days are an invitation to find time for private moments for reflection and prayer. What awareness has come to you during the preceding five weeks? Is there new insight to recall and perhaps even to write down? Is there some seed germinating in you that needs to be watered and tended? Are there new questions about faith or theology or your personal life that you want to carry with you from Lent into the weeks and months to come?
Today we focus on the parade. In worship our children will wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” was the refrain of the psalmist that was echoed by the crowd in Jerusalem. But in the private place in your heart, know that you are also blessed on this Palm Sunday.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.