On Palm Sunday we give everyone at church a palm cross. This is a reminder of the palm branches that the crowd waved as Jesus entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. It’s also a reminder of how Jesus was executed by being nailed to a cross a few days later.
It’s quite likely that some of the crowd who were shouting “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday, were shouting “Crucify him!” on Good Friday.
This is a powerful warning to us. We might worship enthusiastically at church on Sunday, but if we’re not prepared to talk about Jesus on Monday, then we’ve effectively run away – like Jesus’ disciples did. Or if we actively conceal our faith in Jesus, we’re putting ourselves in the crowd shouting “Crucify him”.
– The Revd Bryce Amner
A Palm Sunday prayer
O Christ, you entered the city as a poor man, not in style but simply, yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere; you drew the expectations of a hungry crowd, and brought buried conflicts to the light.
May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval, and who often avoid conflict for fear of its cost to us, hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice and follow faithfully in your way of compassion and solidarity, with those who are poor and excluded, wherever it may lead us. Amen.