by Danielle Shroyer
New Testament Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
For Sunday, April 21, 2013: Year C—Easter 4
I know it’s a long-standing Christian tradition to bring out palm branches for Palm Sunday, but honestly, this scene from Revelation is much closer to the victorious celebration we envision than the one that happened on the streets of Jerusalem in the gospels.
What are you waving for?
For starters, the crowd that is gathered in John’s vision is a crowd with clear motives. They are not there for some sort of popularity parade. They’re not gearing up for an uprising. They’re not counting the days until their enemies get their just deserts. They are not hanging their hopes on the Lamb of God being the next political ruler. They know exactly who they are worshipping. They know what happened after the parade (Calvary), and then what happened after that (Easter). They are worshipping the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God. [Read more...]