This evening the celebration of Holy Week begins here at Mirfield. Holy Week is the most important week in the Christian Calendar, as it recalls the week in the Gospel narratives, in which Jesus Christ made his entry to Jerusalem for the Passover.
The date of Easter each year changes, and this year it is late in the Spring, the trees are full of blossom and all the flowers are out, the air is sweet.
Tomorrow, Palm Sunday, Christians will celebrate the entry of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem… All the people were thrilled at this amazing teacher and healer who seemed to speak with authority… they began to believe that Jesus might be the awaited ‘Messiah’, the entry to Jerusalem was heralded like the return of a triumphal king, and the crowds expected him to stir up a revolt against the Romans and free the Jewish nation, it was an exciting time, and as Jesus rode on an unbroken donkey, the crowds paved his way with fresh green branches and cheered.
But Jesus knew that this was not going to pan out the way the crowds were hoping… even before he had entered, he had wept for the people of the town… knowing that their adulation would very soon turn completely…
But on Palm Sunday, the many gathering crowds behaved as though it were a Royal Wedding: shouting, clapping and cheering, as this strange, authoritative man and his group of friends came into town… Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna to the King of Kings! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!