Sunday, April 9, 2017
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Ps 31:9-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 27:11-54.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season of Lent. Today we recount Jesus’ celebrated entry into the city Jerusalem. The same people who today sing the Messiah’s praise will, within days, call for his life. Today is a sober reminder of how thin our worship can become and how misguided our understanding of God’s purpose can be.
From here we enter the most significant week of the church calendar, Holy Week. Our lenten preparation is now complete and we are ready to hear anew the account of the Easter events. May the Spirit of God take each of us deeper into the reality of the suffering Christ crucified and, three days later, risen.
Our preacher today is Bob Slockee. Bob is employed by our diocese to represent Indigenous issues to our church communities and beyond. He also works for ‘Australians Together: Sharing Our Story’ – the organisation behind our 2017 Lenten study. It is a great privilege for us to have Bob come and share his story and experience with us once again.