Lord Jesus, it's Palm Sunday. And once again you invite us to follow you to the cross and beyond. It will require much of us, but not as much as it required of you. Give us the strength and the grace and the courage to lay down what needs to die in us, so that it might make room for the new life to come. And, in the words of a wise saint, "Forgive us for the shallowness of our faith and the timidity of our following: forgive us for the ready excuses we make for going our own way and claiming it as yours. Amen.