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Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Look at this image of modern-day Jerusalem, as seen across the Kidron Valley. What is the first thing that you notice? Now look more closely at this cityscape, noting the cypress trees in the foreground, the walls of he ancient city, the colors, the buildings that capture your attention. What do you see now?

Reflect. Today is Palm Sunday, a day we generally associate with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with crowds shouting acclamations and calling out praise to the One who could be Messiah, God’s Anointed One. Yet even today, in the midst of this momentary scene of victory, our Collect reminds us that Jesus is on his personal journey to the Cross.  We are invited to walk in the way of his suffering.  What does that mean for you?

Act.  Today consider how you can be in solidarity with those who suffer from sickness, poverty, hunger, loneliness, despair…that you might walk in the way with them…and share in the coming New Life.

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “View of Jerusalem from Gethsemane” /Place: The Holy Land  /Photographer: Jon Shematek