by Unvirtuous Abbey
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:28-40
For Sunday, March 24, 2013—Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is a liturgical dream: children and animals are parading up the aisle; the music is uplifting; and there are props—the congregation worshipfully waving their palm fronds.
At least, that’s the goal. Usually, the kids scurry unceremoniously up the aisle, and just ask any clergy person who has used a donkey in church if they would recommend it.
Parades and Protest
The same is true for this reading from Luke: it “sounds” nice, but really, it isn’t. In fact, (though he writes of Mark) Ched Myers calls this “triumphal entry” by Jesus from the margins into the heart of the empire a “misnomer.” [Read more...]