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“On this day our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death. Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross. We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.”

-The Book of Alternative Services, p.297

God of our salvation, assist us mercifully with your help, that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore, God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Our reading from Philippians reminds us that Jesus’ glory is truly revealed not in the enthusiasm of the crowds that celebrate him, but the humility of his self-giving love.

In what ways do you desire to be more Christ-like in your attitude towards others and the world around you?

Take some time to ask God for whatever it is you feel you need in order to see the mind of Christ growing in your own heart and mind and life. 

Palm Sunday Reflections