The Sarcastic Lutheran has a thought provoking post concerning Holy Week...
Every year, on this, the first day of Holy Week, as we read about the
fickle crowds waving their palms and laying down their cloaks and
shouting hosanna in the highest to the guy riding into Jerusalem on a
donkey – or a colt, or whatever- an unimpressive animal, and I do, I
cringe. Like I’m just a little bit embarrassed for how sure they seem
of themselves and how miserably they are about to fail when put to the
test. I hear of the celebration that day and cringe knowing how quickly
the shouts of the fickle crowd go from hail him to nail him. And I
think to myself “they are only hailing him as a king because they don’t
get it. They don’t know what’s about to go down, so really, it’s all
just empty praise”
That day the multitude of the disciples – the
same ones who will deny and abandon him were praising God joyfully with
loud voices for the great deeds of power they had seen and they were
shouting Hosanna…, and praising God is great but In his famous poem
Murder in the Cathedral, TS Elliot said
"Tis the greatest treason to do the right thing for the wrong reason."
Yeah, their triumphant celebration feels regretfully treasonous to those of us who know how this all is about to play out.
Read it all, she makes some excellent points....