Rev Dan Carmichael, Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow, reflects on Palm Sunday, take Hope and Inspiration from his words.

Back on the first Palm Sunday, Jerusalem’s citizens heard rumours of hope which brought them out of their houses to see Jesus. From down the road in Jericho there was news that Jesus had stopped to heal a blind man and he’d got corrupt Zacchaeus to repay all he’d tax he’d overcharged. From nearby Bethany came word that Jesus had raised his friend Lazarus to life. And Jerusalem’s people opened their doors to welcome Jesus : ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

In the changed and anxious atmosphere of this Palm Sunday, we can be still to hear the news that Jesus Christ is Lord. As we pray for the world and our bit of the world, we welcome Jesus in faith:

My song is love unknown,

My Saviour’s love to me,

Love to the loveless shown that they might lovely be.

O who am I, that for my sake

My Lord should take frail flesh and die?


The Rev Dan Carmichael

Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow.