Palm Sunday

I’m not quite sure of the language one uses for Palm Sunday:  “I wish you a happy Palm Sunday?”   “I wish you a peaceful Palm Sunday?”  “I wish you a joyous Palm Sunday?”  “I wish you a meaningful Palm Sunday?”

Whatever the correct wish is, for those of my friends who observe this day, that is the wish I send to you.

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  • suek

    Heh.  Good wishes are always welcome…but I’m not sure why it would be a greeting for today.  I don’t think today’s a day to _celebrate_ … today’s a day to observe.  Sort of like Pearl Harbor Day.  What would you say for that??
    Think about it…the practice of the day was that the feet of rulers weren’t to be permitted to touch the ground – nor their beasts of burden, apparently.  You’re reminded once again about the ever present condition of filth in the middle east – though more understandable in that period than this – and the insult of showing the bottom of one’s feet.  We’re reminded again of how fleeting is public favor.  We’re entering a period in which one of a leader’s inner group sells him out for a paltry price.  And then the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who – although they would have preferred to keep for the treasury the money Judas tried to return – used it for another purpose – since it was “blood money”.  Even they had limits to their venality.
    So…is it a day to rejoice?  or a day of infamy?  a day to sorrow? repent?
    I sort of think none of these apply.  I think today’s a day to remind us of our human-ness.  We are what we are – each of us.  There aren’t many totally good people, and not many totally evil people – most of us are a mix of both and just try to keep the whole thing in balance.  Sometimes we succeed – sometimes not.

  • 11B40

    Back during my days in Catholic school, in the Bronx of the ’50s and ’60s, Palm Sunday was recognized as one of the few days of the year that Italian heritage men actually went to Sunday mass.  In the Irish heritage part of the Catholic community, the rumor was that they just couldn’t resist the free palm fronds. Part of that “an offer they can’t refuse” psychology.  Other than performing our duty as altar boys to make them aware of their shortcomings there was no actual celebration.  It was the beginning of the Catholic “Holy Week”  which culminates on Easter Sunday.

  • ConnectTheDots

    Thank you for the sentiment, Book.
    Palm Sunday signifies the beginning of the end for Jesus here on Earth — it celebrates his “triumphant” entry into Jerusalem prior to his conviction & crucifixion. In my church, as I’m sure is common in thousands of other Catholic churches around the world, this is a very solemn week as we contemplate the sacrifice the Lord made. For us.
    Nice to know you’re thinking of us, however you express it. Thank you.

  • Marguerite

    Palm Sunday is when we remember that Jesus entered Jerusalem to the crowd’s expectation of him.  But he disappointed them because what he truly came to give, they did not want and a week later they ended up rejecting it and him.  Christians celebrate the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan the next Sunday, Easter.

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    I believe the traditional greeting in my house was “pass the syrup?”