Gospel

What Happens on Palm Sunday?

On Palm Sunday:

Joy suddenly turns to sorrow; exaltation to defeat, hosannas to “Crucify him!”

Within the very liturgy of Palm Sunday the tension is evident; traditionally, it is the only day with two Gospel readings—the enervating triumphal entry, and the tragic narrative of crucifixion. Palms turn to passion. It is the way God has designed it, for he “did not count equality with God something to be grasped.”

-Brian Rhea