Of all weeks, this is the week of mindfulness. We will play that out in our responsive readings this week in worship. People in the Gospels were, at one moment, singing and shouting their hosannas. At the climax of the Passion narrative, these very same people shout, "Crucify him!" We readers of the Gospel wonder whether or not these folks could hear themselves.
Do we hear ourselves? Were we honestly to take inventory of our words, be it on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis, is it possible we'd be embarrassed a little? Even those who take great pride in always telling it like it is and not ever being influenced by others, an honest inventory, I'm afraid, would prove just as embarrassing for them. I never reread sermons for that very reason. My most sure and passionate understandings of a God who's the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow can and will change from yesterday to today and probably tomorrow.
Palm Sunday is about mindfulness. We are reminded in this week of stumbling words solid as stone to listen to ourselves that we might hear ourselves. Sure, words matter. But they matter most, in my opinion, as they're indicators of how well we can hear ourselves.
What are you shouting?