Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,My ambivalence is with this: the celebration is misguided. These same people change their tune in a matter of days. "Hosanna" turns into "crucify him!" (Mk. 15:13-14). When Jesus doesn't look and sound like the king they expect, adulation shifts to condemnation. A mob-mentality has a powerful effect, no doubt. “Everyone deserted” Jesus in the days following Palm Sunday, even his closest friends (Mk. 14:50).
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Makes me wonder, how often is our faithfulness to Jesus caught up in a sort of mob-mentality akin to Palm Sunday and Passion Week? Are we able to admit it when this is in fact the case? Just a few questions arising from my Palm Sunday ambivalence...