Exceeding Expectations – Br. Jim Woodrum

Br. Jim Woodrum

Matthew 21:1-11

It is hard to believe that a week from tomorrow marks one year since my brothers Curtis, John, Luke, and I embarked on a journey to the Holy Land to lead a pilgrimage.  Each of us brothers prepared two reflections to give at designated sites during our two week journey.  I was assigned to give my first meditation at ‘The Shepherd’s Field,’ in the countryside just outside of Bethlehem where tradition says the shepherds would have encountered the great angelic hosts proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ birth.  My second meditation I gave at the teardrop-shaped church on the Mount of Olives called ‘Dominus Flevit,’ which is Latin for “The Lord wept.”  It was here that I could begin to piece together in my mind the scene we celebrated at the beginning of this morning’s liturgy. Continue reading

Praying Palm Sunday

“Just as God was entrusted into human hands in the Incarnation, hands that carefully, lovingly swaddled, fed, caressed and held him, so also the Son of Man is betrayed into human hands that will slap, bind, torture, and nail him to a cross. It is our hands that betray this Son of Man. Our hands betray the one who made us with his own hands. ”
– Br. Keith Nelson

On Palm Sunday, we begin the journey to Calvary that we will live out across the next week. We are invited to join the crowd in shouting “Hosanna” and “Crucify.” And we are invited to accompany our Lord in the dramatic events of his final days.

How will you journey alongside Jesus this week? 

Audio:

The Passion According to Luke

The Passion According to Matthew

Sermons:

“Unquiet Silence” – Br. Mark Brown
An invitation to experience Palm Sunday – and the rest of the Holy Week – with all of our senses alive to its poetry and its drama.

“Why?” – Br. David Vyrhof
Why must God’s Servant enter into the darkest rhythms of the human condition? Perhaps it’s the only way they can be challenged and undone, once and for all.

“Singing Hosanna, Screaming Crucify” – Br. James Koester
Palm Sunday is a chance to discover once more all that is within us, both light and dark, both good and evil.

“That We Might Lovely Be” – Br. Luke Ditewig
On Palm Sunday we encounter again how Jesus is Love shown to the least, the lost and the last at every opportunity.

“Steal Away” – Br. Tom Shaw
Letting the power of Jesus’ humility, self-sacrifice, and surrender soak into us during Holy Week gives us the power to stand on the edge of glory every day.

“How Awesome” – Br. Mark Brown
Palm Sunday prepares us to be restored, renewed, renovated, recreated—born again.

“The Weight of the Cross” – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
On Palm Sunday, we embrace both the weight of the cross and the wealth of its love.

Video:

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Vulnerability – Br. Curtis Almquist

 

Photo Gallery:

Images from Palm Sunday 2014

Palm Sunday – The Passion According to Saint Luke


To listen to the reading of the Passion According to Saint Luke, click here or on the player above. The Passion is read by Seth Woody and Waylon Whitley, two of the Monastery interns.

To view a photo gallery of images from Palm Sunday 2012, click here.
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Vulnerability

What is it that makes you vulnerable? In our lifetimes, we don’t lose our spiritual vulnerability. We wouldn’t want to lose it. How we come to know God, how God breaks through to us, is probably through something that is broken in our lives.

– Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
How will you share your vulnerability with Jesus today?

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