Texts: Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 11:1-11
If passers-by were to peek in and listen to our worship expressions this morning, they might ask: “What’s all the shouting for?”
Worship on Palm Sunday brings us to the concluding days of Lent and to the dawning of another Holy Week, leading to Easter. After 5 Sundays in Lent with their contemplative themes and solemn, quiet feel, it’s as if today we were ready to burst with shouts of “Hosanna!” (not an Easter “Alleluia” quite yet) but “Hosanna!” (which means “Save us!”) We are ready for Easter! Bring it on! Holding their breath during Lent, the extroverts among us are exhaling a bit as they get to shout: “Blessed is the One who comes!”
After all, the world around us is already exploding with Easter sights and sounds. Song birds are returning, other animals and wildlife are being born, the azaleas and flowers have bloomed and the pine trees have already dressed the earth in its beautiful yellow-green clothing of pollen. The sounds of sneezes tell us spring has sprung! Nature didn’t consult the lectionary and is already shouting: Easter! The time of new life! As a child I remember one Easter with snow on the ground – with its resulting and disappointing indoor Easter egg hunt, so Nature’s early Easter this year isn’t so bad.