Do Unto Others! That’s It.

From the way Jesus talks about them, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Pharisees were the villains of the New Testament. After all, he calls them some pretty horrible names: hypocrites, whited sepulchers, blind guides … In fact, he doesn’t seem to have too much good to say about them or to them.

headshotnosmilingHowever, by human standards, the Pharisees were actually the good guys of their time. In fact, they were people just like ourselves.

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We Don’t Want Jesus Weeping Over Us

In the midst of what appeared to be a high moment in the life of Jesus, St. Luke paints for us a slightly different picture.  Instead of grinning from ear-to-ear and relishing the intoxicating praise of the crowd, Jesus looks out over the city and he begins to weep.  He is weeping because he is the only person in this flash mob who truly understands what’s happening.

We have a certain advantage, in that we know how the story ends.  However, Jesus’ weeping on Palm Sunday is really not so much about what is going to happen to him within the next week. Jesus is grieving over how these particular events fit into the entire scope of the history of Jerusalem and the way God uses Jerusalem in the unfolding of his plan for the salvation of the world…