The first Palm Sunday was a political demonstration—not partisan—but political, as in dealing with the polis, or the community… In those two marches, Pilate’s and Jesus’, there was a stark contrast between the love of power and the power of love.
Jeremiah can teach us three things about the kind of forgiveness God offers Israel and Judah. And we can learn something about the nature of forgiveness itself, the forgiveness we’re called to practice. God’s forgiveness is relational, radical, and relentless.
It often takes confronting something head-on—lifting it up, if you will—to get a brutally honest look at the extent of the problem. And it’s a paradox that the path toward healing goes through suffering. The path toward transformation goes through the old ways… not around, over, or beneath, but through them.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Smith The Third Sunday in Lent (March 4, 2018) Exodus 20:1-17 Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for…