Palm Sunday, a day that prepares us to share in the most traumatic week in the life of Jesus. On this day, Jesus rode into town to the cries of joy, celebration, accolades, and triumph. His presence was celebrated by all the people of Jerusalem. The closest thing we can experience similar to this is the celebration of the home team entering the field or, if you have been blessed to visit Rome, the entry of the Holy Father into the Piazza San Pietro. If you are a part of the crowd, it is a feeling you will never forget. One that strikes to the heart and soul.
Only four days later from now, we will enter the garden with our Lord for the darkest time in His life. Some may argue we are already in that time of darkness; a time when we are confined to our homes and unable to commune with other members of our family, our friends, and our worship community. This is a time when we truly walk with Jesus because we feel lost and helpless and do not know where to turn.
We must remember, it is always darkest before the dawn. We may not be able to see the light at the end of the path, but we must remind ourselves of the fact that the war has already been won. The victory is assured. All we must do is persevere through the battles of daily life and, just as Jesus said, “Not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt. 26:42)