Palm Sunday reflection

At the beginning

Of his final week on earth, Holy Week,

Jesus entered Jerusalem

Not as a military hero, on a horse,

But on a donkey.

The people expected

A messiah to liberate them

From Roman occupation,

To bring home the scattered tribes,

Restore the temple.

The vision of Jesus

For a new Israel was different,

No distinction between people,

No display of military power,

No patriotic speeches.

The Kingdom of God

Would be universal forgiveness,

Looking at relationships in a new way,

Not as power or payback

But as love.

Jesus is forever

Coming into our world

On a donkey,

On a leaky dinghy,

In the back of a lorry.

We’ve looked for him

Often in the wrong places,

In magnificent building, in powerful people.

Lord, help us to see you

In the humble.

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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

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