Palm Sunday: Egypt

Prayers for Africa

The Left Hand of Ehud: Matt's Bible Blog

Today millions of Christians around the world have gathered to commemorate Palm Sunday, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem days before his crucifixion. Holy Week begins here, andin Egypt it has begun with violence; at the time of writing, 42 people have been killed in explosions at Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta. Islamic State have claimed responsibility, but the news is still fresh, details are still emerging.
These atrocities are all too common, but that this happens on Palm Sunday brings the situation into stark relief. Because Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, riding a juvenile donkey rather than a mighty war horses, is a renunciation of violence, it’s a mockery of systems of power that seek only to dominate and destroy and diminish. Holy Week is a series of events that announce and inaugerate God’s Kingdom in a way that makes it clear that we’re not meant to be seeking…

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