Yesterday in the triumph of Palm Sunday, we saw Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey's colt, fulfilling ancient prophecy, we saw the palms waving, and the crowd yelling:
"Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!"
In the tradition of our parish, we read the entire Passion on Palm Sunday. Parts are distributed to the congregation, and we all have th part of the crowd. So, before the morning was over, we went from the emotional high of the crowds shouting praise, to the horror of the same crowd shouting "Crucify Him"!
It is amazing how we humans can turn on someone when they don't meet our expectations. How when they do not fulfill what we want them to do, we become angry and scream out our frustrations at them. Every time I have to say those words: "Crucify Him!", they send a chill up my spine. I know....had I been there, how very, very easy it would have been to go along with the crowd, and turn on the One Who was the King.
How have we all turned on Him this very week?