Readings for Palm Sunday

John 12:12-33; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 50:4-9a

Leaders are defined by the way in which they attain and exercise power. This is as much true for parents and bosses as it is for presidents and kings. And human history is littered with examples of bad leadership at every level. What kind of leadership will you be remembered for?

The readings for Sunday explore a different (and far more consoling) truth: What kind of leader is Jesus?

Christ enters the great city of Jerusalem in the week of his passion. The manner of his entrance tells us the nature of his reign. He is a humble and peace-loving king. He comes to deliver his people, not by shedding the blood of their enemies but by shedding his own precious blood in their place. Hosanna! (Jn 12)

Isaiah’s prophecy in the 6th century B.C. foretold that the Messiah would not flinch in the face of suffering. He would faithfully proclaim the truth even unto death. And he would trust in His Father for his final vindication. (Is 50)

The apostle Paul calls us to imitate Christ, not using our exalted status as children and heirs of God as an excuse to be either proud or complacent. Rather, like our Savior, we are to live as servants of all – even to the point of death. We can trust our Heavenly Father to raise us up in eternal glory on the day He chooses. (Phil 2)