The transfer of the Sunday of the Passion from the Fifth Sunday in Lent to the Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) represents a return to one of the earliest practices in the church. Palm Sunday was celebrated as part of the observation of the first day of Holy Week, or the Passion of Our Lord. First in Jerusalem, then in other parts of the church, the entire Passion story was read on this Sunday. The other three gospel narratives of the Passion were read during Holy Week, so that the "history of the Passion" was proclaimed at least four times during this pivotal week. The Gospel of St.
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.