We have come to the Easter Dawn!

Sure, the actual dawn isn’t for another 10 or 12 hours, but that’s a technicality.

We have come to the dawn of our Savior’s resurrection.

Silence
And nothing more
Silence
And the end has come
Silence

The end of Jesus’ earthly journey has come. The time of God - walking fully human on earth - has ended.

What we believe, my friends, is quite easy for anyone who looks at us to see. In fact, it may be uncomfortably easy for people to see what we believe by looking at our actions and choices as individuals and communities to know if love is our guide, or if anger and hatred have infected our stride.

Palm/Passion Sunday can be jarring, jolting even as we move quickly from joining the crowds cheering Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem to joining the crowds crying “crucify him, crucify him!”

Yet perhaps the rollercoaster of Palm/Passion Sunday reflects the sometimes roller coaster of our lives? From highs to lows, good times to bad, from having every hope to being discovered by the depths of suffering.

Some of us have perhaps heard about Jesus cleansing the temple at Jerusalem - today’s Gospel story - as being the necessary work of Jesus to clear out the corruption that invaded the temple system.

Certainly corruption is an evil leach that seeks to attach itself to any and all human institutions, including religious institutions. And certainly God in Jesus Christ took a plunge into the grave as part of purging not only individual sin, but to cleanse the stain of sin from the places where our best efforts have not kept those lesions from infesting our institutions, thereby too often divesting them from their Godly and humanitarian intentions and leaving them hollow husks that do less to serve and more to hurt those they are intended to help.