Wikipedia: Palm Sunday is a Catholic movable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
In many Catholic denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. The difficulty of procuring palms in unfavorable climates led to their substitution with branches of native trees, including box, olive, willow, and yew. The Sunday was often named after these substitute trees, as in Yew Sunday, or by the general term Branch Sunday.
As a Christian, I’m a Spiritual Universalist, not Catholic, but I can appreciate Palm Sunday for its history and for other reasons.
By coincidence I happen to have a palm plant, mainly because I like palm trees and the plant is small enough to keep in my apartment or on my balcony porch. Landlocked in Oklahoma, I happen to like images of tropical island beaches with palm trees.
Unfortunately, there have been new terrorists attacks on Christian churches this Palm Sunday 9 April 2017…
Here in Norman Oklahoma there is not the smell of smoke from terrorist bombs, but the lingering pre-dawn smell of wood-burning fireplaces by families in homes keeping warm during a cool night. Plus the aroma of fresh coffee, and donuts from a nearby bakery, in the air as the sun rises. The sun is away at night, but the Son is always with us. Later as this Sunday warms to about 78F, those smells will be replaced with the smell of fresh-cut grass as neighbors attend to the care of their lawns. No need to water them. Thundershowers are in the forecast for sunset, to bring the smell of fresh rain, perhaps mixed with the smell of fresh soil of this spring with flowering plants and trees. In all, the smell of life renewing life – the good kind of smells, this Palm Sunday.
Reported by Jim Lantern
Sunday morning – 9 April 2017
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