Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The gospels tell us of a peaceful procession. An anti – militarist parade of peace and humility. It is celebration of the little people, the victims, the downtrodden.
How does such an event lead to the awful violence, betrayal, and hatred that fills the week to come? How does preparation for the celebration of the Passover, a commemoration of liberation and life turn to death and destruction? How do things go so awry?
Peace is actually a threat. Yes. A threat. Peace is a threat to the status quo. Peace is a threat to entrenched power, even religious power. Peace is a threat to regimes maintained through violence and intimidation. Peace is a threat to those whose identity is wrapped up in arms and warfare and violence. Peace is a threat to injustice and oppression. Peace is a threat to greed and opportunism. Peace is a threat to those benefitting from imposing fear and control. Yes, peace is actually a threat.
It’s not surprising, then, that there is so little peace in the world. But when we experience peace, we know that it is worth any price.
Lectionary readings for today:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Mark 14:1—15:47 or Mark 15:1-39 [40-47]
Prayer: May we have the courage and bravery to seek peace. Amen.