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Holy Week begins Sunday, April 5th with Palm Sunday, known as the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. As soon as the celebration wears off, anxiety takes over. People are afraid of the political and military power of Rome, so they don’t see what God is doing. They cannot see peace, because they are blinded by fear and anxiety. We too may feel so afraid of what the coronavirus could do to us that we just can’t see what God is doing in us. One week before Easter, we examine our faith honestly and seek to trust God more.

Jesus went … up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

So those two disciples departed and found [the place] as Jesus had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.

As Jesus rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road [like he was Roman royalty]. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
“Blessed is the king
    Who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
    And glory in the highest heaven!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout out.”

As Jesus came near and saw the city Jerusalem, he wept over it, saying, “If you [Oh Holy City! Jerusalem!], if even you, had only recognized on this day the things that bring you peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. – Luke 19:28-42 (NRSV)