For over 16-hundred years Christians have practiced their faith during Holy Week by staging palm processions like ours today. Physically reenacting the actions of this holy week-of-days, we are not “pretending” in the ordinary sense; we are remembering in an intimate way. The story and the events become real in our memory and in our bodies … and then none of us are simply spectators to the unfolding of Jesus’ fate. None of us can hang back and simply observe the goings-on as if we are not involved, as if we are not some how complicit in the events we are commemorating.
Jesus and his followers were not taking a benign road trip to Jerusalem. They were actually staging a political protest. And it was a protest rife with imagery …
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