IT’S PALM SUNDAY

Palm Sunday
Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

(Malcolm Guite, from ‘Sounding the Seasons’ Canterbury Press 2012)

Malcolm comments “There is a Jerusalem of the heart. Our inner life also has its temple and palaces, its places of corruption, its gardens of rest, its seat of judgement.”

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10 thoughts on “IT’S PALM SUNDAY

  1. That is really rather good even to the mind of a complete ignoramus regarding poetry…. and I do love the idea of having Jerusalem ‘Vision of Peace’)in our heart with all its facets. 🙂

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