Each week of Lent, we’ll provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Lent.
The video and prayer for Palm Sunday, Cycle C, are based on Luke 19:28–40. The art is Wilhelm Morgner’s Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. Allow any present concerns to move across your mind and wait off to the side for now.
The Crowd Gathers
Imagine that Jesus is coming down a street today near where you live. You do not yet see him—he is two or three blocks away—but you can tell it’s him because of the crowd gathering around him as he enters the neighborhood. You hear snatches of conversation up and down the street, people saying that it really is Jesus! Something in your heart and soul tells you, too, that it’s the one you know as Lord or Savior.
Before he comes into view, reflect on your own expectations. What do you hope he looks like? What kind of face, body, expression, hair, and clothing does he have? Do you want to see him arrive in a nice car, on a motorcycle, or on foot?
You can see that he is surrounded by people. Which people do you hope are with him? Which people do you hope are not with him—people you don’t want to be with?
And what do you hope he will say and do, when he comes close enough that you can witness it?
Now he comes near, and the crowd parts. What do you see?
What do you feel?
How do you react?
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.