In the Palm Sunday sermon, Father Nicholas Karipoff talks about our yearning for God – which is present in the vast majority of people, and yet despite this yearning, there is a lack of participation in our own salvation.
Fr. Nicholas cites the touching example of the French youth who were seen tearfully singing hymns as the Notre Dame cathedral burned recently. Despite the spiritual darkness in the world, humanity is still drawn to God.
The crowd that met Christ with palm branches on His entry into Jerusalem came to see the vanquisher of death. Christ had risen Lazarus – a prominent citizen – from the dead, a man who had been dead for four days. This crowd is an example of us, instead of having faith we walk through life riddled with anxiety. We are more concerned by our material world than the life to come.
Instead of spiritual hope we have earthly attachments. The nation - the people were ready to accept Christ as an earthly king but could not understand the meaning of His spiritual kingdom.