Gospel Reading from Luke 22:14-53
It’s difficult to switch gears. We begin with a parade to honor Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna!” and five days later Jesus is taken captive and being paraded out of the Garden of Gethsemane in shame. The excitement I once had as a child around Palm Sunday is now smothered with a sense of foreboding. But strangely it is the sadness in the garden where I have my greatest hope; I know the story is not finished. There will once again be shouts of “Hosanna’s!” and “Alleluia’s!”
And here in this Gospel reading, we listen in to the disciples reclining at the table with Jesus for his Last Supper. Just as we’re about to share a delicious meal and a beautiful moment with them, we hear looming treats of betrayal, denial and trials.
Sometimes our own meals with others can be sabotaged and sidelined by arguments, frustrations and doubts. And yet, they will not be our last supper. Even now, Christ is preparing a meal for us in heaven for all and for all time where bitterness, envy, and malice will have no place at the table.
Listen to Sunday’s Sermon here: https://youtu.be/B40ioMBhhnw