I thought it would be a shame if this Christian blog did not have a post for Palm Sunday, as I noticed we didn’t this morning. And so I will do a hasty one, drawing on our collective beliefs. The one I have selected is one of Chalcedon’s from Palm Sunday in 2015. My comment on it makes a fair introduction, I think. This was my comment:
“My thinking parallels yours.The sacrifice, of course, hearkens back to the Temple but it echoes down in that far further. If an act, it echoes back to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, Isaac to God, and God’s message to him that he will provide the sacrifice, a ram, instead.
The quote in Lutheranism’s general confession is:
“We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone”
The English isn’t as beautiful as the BCP but we have the meaning right, at least. And yes, at my age it is more often “what I have left undone”. Sort of sad, really, it was much more fun to confess what I had done. 🙂”
It will soon be Palm Sunday; Lent is coming to its appointed climax. In Sunday’s Gospel we get the first sign of a something which will become more prominent on Maundy Thursday – Jesus’ fear of what awaits him: ‘Father, save me from this hour’. He would have seen crucifixions; he knew what there was to fear. Crucifixion was intended to instil fear; it was brutal, bloody and fatal. Yet it was for ‘this hour’ that Jesus had come into the world. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us so that He might be raised up as the propitiation for our sins. He died for our sins.
There is this something against which our notions of justice rail. How, we ask, can it be right for an innocent man to die for the guilty?’ What sort of Father, we wonder, sacrifices his son for rogues such as ourselves. Of late I have found praying the Sorrowful Rosary next to impossible; the envisaging of what happened to Jesus unsettles my prayer, and it is only by thinking on what was to come that I get through. But, as St Isaac reminds us, this is an act of love. There were, he tells us, many ways God could have chosen to save us, and by choosing this one, he shows us the extent of His love; I think He also shows us the extent of our sins.
Soon, then, we shall be following the familiar story of the Passion of the Lord, Perhaps its familiarity robs it of its power for us, so we might want to spend more time meditating on it. Every stripe applied to His back is a sin of mine; that Crown of Thorns he bears, they are the sting of my sins; and high on that Cross on Calvary my sins are forgiven, and through Him I am saved from my sins.
But my sins are not banished. By this stage of my life, it is more a matter, in the words of the old Anglican General Confession, of the ‘things I have not done’ rather that the things I have done. That I am conscious of that is a sign of growth I think; but it is also a sign that the journey continues. Words sometimes darken discussion.
I also commented,
“And of course Julian of Norwich, who in her illness also witnessed the scene, reminds us:
Whatever we inherit from the fortunate
We have taken from the defeated
What they had to leave us—a symbol:
A symbol perfected in death.
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
By the purification of the motive
In the ground of our beseeching.
or so we pray in this, and all, seasons.”
My thoughts this day echo his when he ends, as I shall, “But the path to the Resurrection leads through Gethsemane and the hill at Golgotha; at times the Cross is too heavy to bear – and save for His presence would be so.”
Ive become rather immune to the idolatry presented on these pages over the long and evil filled yrs. But the picture displayed above I cannot let slip by unnoticed. The Lord entered the city on a donkey that had never been ridden by a human, most likely bareback, no items made by human hands and people threw palm leaves for the donkey to walk on. Again, nothing made by human hands. Even wandering in the desert, god had the Hebrews make altars of stones not carved or touched by human tools. Everything to do with the Lord and our salvation is without things made by human hands. he even went so far as to write this in stone with his own finger. Now, what do we see in the picture above? A palm leaf to remind us of jesus entry into the city and then on top of the leaf are Babylonian prayer beads, now adopted by the CC as prayer repetition beads with some image of a human on it….a mini graven image. This is an attempt to legitimize these repetition prayer \graven images beads in the minds of the weak and unsaved. A sadistic attempt to equate these blasphemous graven images with our Savior and the Lord God Almighty. Neo is responsible for this. I wasn’t aware he used repetition beads in his religion. So that kind of shocked me. But nothing shocks me when it comes to the unsaved. Why? because I was unsaved at one time.
Philip Augustine said:
Didn’t Jesus use repetition prayer ? The Shema? Didn’t he teach us a repetitive prayer in the Our Father.
Furthermore, I always assumed he entered into Jerusalem with clothes on… I would assume made by human hands…
Bravo, I knew that was coming. jesus wore clothes. of course made by hands. All I can say is….I hope you aren’t using that to justify making images of men and women and bowing down befor them. if jesus repeated his prayer in the garden, its his choice. AS I understand it, he didn’t sit there repeating the same thing over and over again, which the idolatrous cathols would love to believe. Jesus prayed and then checked on his friends and then went back and prayed the same thing. Jesus never instructed us to sit and repeat prayer. he gave us a prayer for us to use. Actually, it was a list of things to thank god for and to ask for. We can word it as we like. As much as the idolatrous cathol would like to find where Jesus instructed us to repeat prared, all we can find on that subject is Jesus warning us not to repeat prayer like the heathens do. For they think they will be heard by their much speaking. Sound familiar?
Philip Augustine said:
Doesn’t sound familiar at all.
Isn’t the Shema a repeated prayer? He also qualified the remark “like the heathens do” The comparison is how the polytheist prayed in comparison to 1st Century Jews… but go ahead and read more into the context.
Never heard of this Shema thing. let me refresh your memory on repeating prayers, which I really don’t have to do, owing to the picture above of Babylonian prayer beads. For each bead you repeat some rote formula prayer, I believe in excess of fifty times. You believe god will hear you for your much speaking. if that’s not enough, your local costumed holyman orders you to repeat some jingle 50 times for this sin, 30 times for that sin, 25 times for another infraction and so on. You think im bad….jesus calls you guys heathens. Why would he call you that? because you are heathens. I believe jesus distinguishes between heathens, who practice ungodly rituals and the run of the mill garden variety unsaved atheist. Both are on their way to hell, but Jesus has a particular distaste for phoney baloney religions that trick people into believing they are doing gods will. the whole have no need of a physician. The ones who fall for fake religions think they are doing god a favor and have need of nothing. Its the one who knows hes dead in sin and needs a savior who the Lord reaches down and saves.
Philip Augustine said:
I don’t see where he calls “you guys heathens”… you must be just reading things into the Gospels.
The Shema prayer is a Jewish prayer, maybe the most important, recited twice a day, which Jesus quotes in the Gospels: Mk. 12:29.
Kinda destroys your premise.