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The Trojan Horse of the Church Year

Matthew 21:9-10 “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?”

Palm Sunday is the Trojan horse of the church year. You remember the story from Greek mythology: a huge, splendid wooden horse was accepted by the Trojans as a present from the Greeks (so it really ought to be called the Greek horse, but never mind). The horse was wheeled in through the walls of the city of Troy. In the night, Greek soldiers hidden in the horse slipped out and admitted the Greek army, who proceeded to sack the city.

Palm Sunday is a little bit like that. My friend’s grandchildren say it’s their favorite Sunday of the year, but when pressed to say why, they say they like the palms and especially the palm crosses that their father makes for them. It’s really a set-up. What we do is, we lure you in here with palm-waving and festivity, but we have smuggled in the Passion narrative and you have found yourselves shouting “Crucify him!”

On this day, the ancient liturgy of the Church brings us to Jerusalem to participate in an atrocity. Thus the proper name for this day is not Palm Sunday, but Passion Sunday. Today in Jerusalem a crime is committed, and we are the perpetrators.

Humbled in realizing & experiencing His mercy, Pastor Larry

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