Hosanna to the Son of David
Palm Sunday, Jerusalem praises ‘Hosanna to the Son of David, the One who comes in the name of the Lord’ welcoming its savior from the clutches of the Roman Empire. Was this the secret purpose of God? It seems it was not. His kingdom was not of this world. On one level the crowds were all correct, He would deliver them but not the way they expected. On another level, they were utterly wrong.
What did they or we not see? One Lenten gospel is the story of the man born blind. He received his natural sight as a gift from Jesus but, perhaps, more importantly, the sight of his heart, which has nothing to do with what one sees with their eyes. The book, ‘All the Light We Can Not See,’ popular a few years back, witnesses to this fact. The book is based on a true story of a man blinded at the age of 8 years but who truly saw, cultivating a seeing with the heart.
Physical sight like that of the Pharisees or crowds on Palm Sunday revealed just one aspect of what they experienced. Jesus saw with the light/sight of the heart when He spoke to the blind man and restored his vision. The man saw with his heart as well as his eyes and immediately followed Jesus.
Jesus acknowledged and accepted the worship and praise of Palm Sunday, knowing most would desert Him at the cross. There they would have to seek the Redeemer King on a different plane than the waving of palm branches.
As we grapple with the reality of Covid-19, let us not forget, One stands guard behind the veil of this unseen enemy that disrupts and frightens us. We need only search for Savior and King on a deeper level. He is there, captain of our hearts, only reached through the suffering of Holy Week, a holy search for the reality of love, and the secret purpose of God, which is stronger than the cross, stronger than death. May we all on this earth find the reality of this love at this time.