Palm Sunday Reflection: Parade

Here’s another insightful reflection from Roddy Hamilton.

Palm Sunday Parade
(inspired by the events in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; 
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19)

it is a strange thing at the end of a parade

the echo of mayhem
the quietening murmurs of the small rebel crowd
now stealing into the shadows of alleyways
with whispered questions
of ‘what just happened?’
gather in a hush of silence
with the hope the stones no longer remain quiet
now that the hosannas have been stolen

something happened here
but no one can name it
and belief doesn’t dare name at what might have begun
a messiah arrived
but the kingdom did not
palm branches 
and cloaks 
were strewn in mock adulation
but heaven remains silent

faith tells us we must we wait longer
a different voice is coming
and another moment
to name love

and crush this ache
and break this ironic silence
with the sound of death
and the shutting of a tomb

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.