This may not be the Palm Sunday we were hoping for, or expecting. Yet, even in our isolation, the faithfulness of Christ is sufficient for you and me. The willingness of Jesus to follow in the Father’s steps will bring us new life.
What we really have here is a parable about a persistent and vindictive widow who was willing to do whatever it took to get her way … and an unjust narcissistic judge who changed a legal ruling for fear of his own safety. The parables aren’t as straight forward and clean as we want them to be, and for good reason, to challenge us to greater faithfulness.
Too often we are expected to follow along without knowing why we are doing what we are doing. Christian practices are no different, like prayer. Prayer isn’t meant to be a last ditch effort to get the Almighty to save us from our human failures. Prayer instead is an ongoing response to our joy in the Lord.
Worship is such a primary aspect of the Christian witness. Yet, it’s more than just an obligation to be carried out on Sundays, it’s an invitation to gather with the divine. Why do we worship?
In this season of Advent, we may want to question if we have put too much attention toward the temporary and seasonal gifts, bows, trees, parties, and lights. But perhaps getting rid of them is not the most faithful way.