When many of us were growing up, this was Palm Sunday, focussed simply on that glorious entry - not, as it is often called today, Palm Passion Sunday, with the dual focus on both the procession and at least some of the events of Holy Week.
So you have heard sermons and reflections on the theme of that procession - the humility, the glory.
With texts like this one, it is sometimes challenge to find another layer of meaning to add to the solid base that has probably been laid over past years.
Andrew was a follower of John the baptizer. One day, after Jesus’ baptism, John draws attention to Jesus. Andrew sees Jesus and asks Jesus where he was staying.
Jesus says: “Come and see.”
In fact, Jesus was inviting Andrew to come and believe:
inviting Andrew to follow, to make Jesus a part of his life.... and thus to believe.
And Andrew followed, and saw.
And Andrew invited Peter, his brother.
Today, I want to bring a more meditative approach, looking at both of our readings, so I would encourage you to make sure that you are comfortable, hymn books aside, feet on the floor. You may choose to close your eyes for now - the image on the screen will not change.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
On the 5th of May, 1943. Japan was chosen as the target of choice for the first atomic bombs.
By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent.
6th August, 1945
Little Boy exploded at Hiroshima.
Another day in the city of Nagasaki.
But someone on the ground, glancing up into a brief opening in the clouds might have spotted two airplanes, so high - 30,000 feet - that they were of no consequence.
Having leprosy isn’t easy.
I haven’t had this life as long as my friends - my “misery loves company” friends, nine of them. One of them is an oddball - he’s actually a Samaritan. Never spoke to a Samaritan in my life before this happened.