Sunday, March 20, 2005

Springing into Palm Sunday

(Anticipation of) Restoration and liberation mark the beginning of spring, the aptly named season, when the blossoms, blades of grass, and other wonders spring forth from the ground, the trees, and bushes.

Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, anticipates, celebrates the coming of God to man (Emanuel, "with-us-God") as man, with encounters that were (at the beginning of the week) a joy for all involved. Jesus' triumphant journey to Jerusalem, en route to commemorate the Passover [one type of liberation celebration], and, ironically, his death and resurrection began another (see Luke 9:30-31, "Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment in Jerusalem.").

Keep up the celebration with family and friends. In this vein, consider new angles on traditional Easter brunch and dinner favorites. If, say, vegetarian ham is unavailable from the nearest Chinese grocery, and have it, and vegan Easter candy is available from (aka Pangea, a Rockville, MD business whose retail store is open weekends only) and In the meantime, have a wonderful Palm Sunday.

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