'I'm doing this for you, and all because I love you'
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. A day when we commemorate Christ's journey into Jerusalem, where the very same people who were to betray him just days later, welcomed him with great joy and excitement.
And it is also the occasion when we are asked to listen to a more lengthy Gospel passage, recounting the story of Jesus' passion and death.
For some people this day is a difficult one. I have heard complaints first hand from people when it comes to having to endure listening to the last hours of Jesus' life. They are all for Jesus being our Saviour and all that, but do we really need to stand and listen to the Word of God for that long??
I suppose the answer is no, you don't need to. So we then need to ask ourselves...do I want to stand and listen to this reading? Do I want to hear once again that two thousand years ago a man was ridiculed, abused, spat on and hung from a cross, all because he loved me?