Source: (-0001) General Board of Global Minsitries. United Methodist Church.

Each year Christians around the world remember and celebrate the events of Holy Week. Jesus gave his life to heal the brokenness of our world and to restore God’s reign of love and justice for all. Yet today our world remains broken and divided by violence, fear and injustice. The dramatic movement that week from the peaceful palm-waving procession on Sunday to Jesus’ violent execution by the state on Friday poses disturbing questions. What triggered the state’s criminal justice system to change its policies from tolerating peaceful protest to restoring public order by force and cruel punishment? What hopes, what fears, what sense of justice did the crowd have that week? What transforms their hope-filled songs of "Hosanna!" into angry shouts of "Execute!" in just five days? (Excerpt)