Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Holy One!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
Friend, don’t get sentimental about this.
To wave our palms is to rebel.
There is a king already,
who does not take kindly to this upstart.
There is an empire already,
the dominion of Self,
the kingdom of the habitual, the popular,
the Dominant Culture.
To wave your palm is to pledge allegiance
to a different realm, to take a different way—
not just during this parade
but every moment, every choice of your life.
You will pay for it.
To bless the Humble One is to risk his fate.
To cry this Hosanna is to take up your cross.
Don’t wave that palm
unless you mean to resist,
and you’re ready to be labeled subversive,
and to be punished for it.
If you do, cry out:
Hosanna in the highest heaven.
March 24, 2021