Welcome! And thank you for joining me to celebrate Palm Sunday, the first day of the Christian Holy Week.
Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem for the coming Passover, a day of tribute to the freedom of the Jews from their bondage in Egypt. The days following Palm Sunday commemorate equally epic events that are central to the Christian faith: the Passion (acts leading up to Jesus Christ being condemned to death); the Crucifixion; and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man. Through these phenomena, God the Father sacrificed his only son to save humankind from its sins, promising us eternal life.
Traveling with Jesus Christ are his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and nine women who are believers of his heart-centered teachings. Referred to in the gospels as “the women who followed Jesus” they are women of independent means committed to supporting Jesus Christ and the apostles as they travel and teach “the word.” In our time they would be called benefactors, a term that more accurately defines their mission.
Mary Magdalene is no longer a women in the shadows. Books based on historic fact validate her standing as an apostle who grasped the many levels of Jesus’ teachings and who became a source of strength and wisdom to the others after the Resurrection. (At the end of the blog for Easter Sunday there will be a list of the books I have used as sources of information.)
Palm Sunday: The Entry Into Jerusalem
Narrative, Day One It is five days before the religious holiday of Passover. As is the custom, many Jewish families are on a pilgrimage to celebrate this day at the temple in Jerusalem and then to share the Passover meal. The city is over-crowded with tens of thousands of pilgrims, among them Jesus Christ, his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ’s benefactors and the apostles.
Before entering the city, Jesus Christ sends two of the apostles to a location in the nearby village of Bethany, where they will find a tethered donkey and a colt. The apostles are instructed to untie the animals and bring them to Jesus Christ. The gospel tells us that these animals are needed to fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah, “Look, your king is approaching, humble and riding on a donkey.” (Isaiah 62:11)
The two animals are draped with the clothing of the apostles and Jesus Christ, who rides the donkey toward Jerusalem. The road is lined with crowds who know or have heard of Jesus Christ’s teachings and miracles, especially the raising of Lazarus from the dead. They lay palms on the roadway as he approaches, while chanting “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest heavens.” (Matthew 21:1-11)
Mary mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the benefactors follow at a distance.
(Note: Rites using palms are still practiced in Christian churches on Palm Sunday to remind us of Jesus Christ’s procession into Jerusalem.)
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know how it is to be riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowd spreading palms on the ground before you. Recognize that this fulfills the prophesy of Isaiah of a king approaching, humble and riding a donkey. After a minute breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Close your eyes and breathe out one time. Know and feel how in fulfilling this prophesy, Jesus Christ moves toward a certain death. After a minute breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel and sense yourself as a women traveling with Jesus Christ on this journey to Jerusalem. Experience the life you have chosen and expand your intuition of what is to come. After a minute breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Jesus In The Temple
Narrative Day Two – After the procession, the women leave Jerusalem for nearby Bethany and the Mount of Olivet, where they will lodge through Passover. Jesus Christ and the apostles stay behind and go to the temple in Jerusalem. “When they enter the temple of God, he drove out those who sold and bought…and overturned the tables of the money-changers…It is written, he said, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you make it a den of robbers. And the chief priests and scribes heard this and sought a way to destroy him because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.” (Mark 11:15-19)
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, sense, feel and know how it is to drive the merchants and money-changers out of the temple. After a minute, breath out one time and open your eyes.
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel and sense any changes in the temple as it is cleared of merchants and money-changers. After a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Close your eyes and breathe out one time. Know how to clear the temple within you.
Narrative Day Three
“And the blind and the lame came to him and he healed them. But when the priests and scibes saw the wonderful things he did, and heard the children crying out Hosanna, to the Son of David they were indignant.” (Matthew 21: 14-16)
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. See, feel, sense and know where you need healing. Ask Jesus Christ for his perfect healing, naming what you have identified. After a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Close your eyes and breathe out three times – Hear “Hosannah, to the Son of David” ringing from the children’s voices. Resonate with these sounds. After a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
Narrative Day Three – Jesus Prepare The Apostles
For the next three mornings Jesus travels to the temple to teach the crowds. In the evenings he returns to his lodging in Bethany and brings the apostles to the nearby Mount of Olivet, where he prays and prepares them for what is to come. (Luke 21: 37-38)
Close your eyes and breathe out three times – See, feel, sense and know how Jesus’ mother Mary handles the news of all that has occurred in the temple and prepares herself and the other women for what may come. After a minute, breathe out one time and open your eyes.
On Thursday, I’ll publish a blog for Jesus trial and Crucifixion and on Saturday, one for the Resurrection.