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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 14, 2019

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SUNDAY, April 14
Palm Sunday, The Sunday of the Passion

Luke 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”

The daughters of Jerusalem accompany Jesus to Calvary, weeping as a sign of their deep love for Jesus and lamenting his fate. Through parched lips, Jesus tells them to weep for their children and not for him.

In the presence of weeping women, Jesus offers compassion because he is aware of what awaits them. The futures of communities are intimately linked to the well-being of women. When a woman’s role is diminished, communities fail to reach their full potential.

Wherever there is indifference concerning the future of a populace—whether it be the neglect of family values, oppression of women, or overuse of resources—Jesus still whispers: Weep for sin; weep for systems that separate us; weep for yourselves and your children. And as we weep, Jesus invites us to bear the cross into the hard places of life—and to cry Hosanna for remembrance and restoration.

MOVING FORWARD: What are you weeping over right now? How can you sing Hosanna into this moment?

PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem

Ps 31:9-16 | Isaiah 50:4-9a | Philippians 2:5-11 | Luke 22:14—23:56 or Luke 23:1-49

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