Jesus did not die a warrior in battle. Jesus did not die of an underlying illness. Jesus died by a perversion of justice at the hands of a state that was threatened by his preaching, compassion, and love.
On Palm Sunday Jesus knew what he was doing was dangerous. Jesus knew that allowing a crowd to shout Hosanna, to stage a demonstration on the Mount of Olives, Jesus knew this was revolutionary. You shout Hosanna to the savior, to the rescuer, to the Messiah.
In my combined sermon and annual report to the parish, I offer reflections on a difficult year, and a set of goals for 2021 filled with hope.