A devotion for the Sunday of Holy Week

by Rev. John Callanan
Corporate Director of Mission and Pastoral Care

Holy Week, the most important week in the Church year, commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time when we remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his disciples in the world today. Over the next few days, we will post different reflections by our Chaplains.

Palm SundayA thought for Palm Sunday: Are we building the Kingdom of God?

Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, where his followers shouted praises and covered the road before him with their cloaks and branches from Palm trees as signs of honoring his royalty, visually symbolized Jesus ushering in the Kingdom of God, which later would be revealed in power through the Resurrection. Yet, how many of us actually think of ourselves as participating in building God’s Kingdom or living into the reign of God upon earth?

N. T. Wright, one of the pre-eminent New Testament Scholars today, in How God Became King, The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, argues that “if God has become king of the world, through Jesus-then nobody can stay indifferent.” We hope you will have a blessed and sacred Holy Week.