RCL: Everyone Loves a Parade

Everyone loves a parade and Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings offer you two. The first parade has Jesus entering into Jerusalem amid joyous celebration and the other a more macabre march to the cross. You can find the Palms here and the Passion here. Our congregation holds several special services during Holy Week so we will… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: ‘Liberate’ a Colt, Start a Celebration Edition (Luke 19:29-44)

Finally! We made it!!! Several chapters after being told the Jesus had set his face toward the city this week’s reading finds us on the very outskirts of Jerusalem — though we still seem to stop just short of actually walking through the gate. You can read the passage (Luke 19:29-44) here. The folks at… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – In My Place

  Palms and Passion, these are your themes for the coming week. Sunday begins a very busy week for the church, with some of you focusing on the events of Palm Sunday, and others are focusing on the Passion narrative in addition to or in place of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem. Some of you will not have… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Broken Things (Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 14:1-9)

Is it Palm Sunday for you?  Passion Sunday?  A glorious, or messy, mix? The two texts for Palm / Passion Sunday offer us interesting contrasts.  On the streets of Jerusalem, Jesus makes a public proclamation, using street theater and familiar symbols to say who he is.  In a private dining room, a woman abandons all… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Palms v. Passion Sunday

I will begin with a confession. This is my fifth time through the Revised Common Lectionary as a preacher, but the first time I will be preaching on Palm Sunday in Year B. In past years, I have used a Passiontide drama I wrote in 2003 based on the readings from Mark’s gospel. This year… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Palms or Passion? (Matthew 21:1-17)

The first decision about this Sunday is whether it’s Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday.  Is this a celebration of Jesus as a new kind of ruler, as the fulfillment of God’s reign?  Are we celebrating his moment of triumph as he enters the ancient city of Jerusalem as a new kind of messiah? (Read the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Killing Goodness

This Sunday, my Episcopal congregation, like many Christian congregations, will celebrate a hybrid of Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. We will begin by welcoming the radical prophet’s triumphal entrance into our midst with cheers, waving of palm branches, and songs of “Hosanna, he comes!” By the end of the service we will… Read More