I like to play games. I don’t choose to play games as dangerous as Jesus did on Palm Sunday as he engaged in a spot of street theatre in a very volatile setting. We like to bring a lot of drama to Palm Sunday services. We dress the day up with lots of palm branches and banners and joyous songs. We love Palm Sunday, don’t we? But that is the modern version of Palm Sunday. The original Palm Sunday was a little bit different. It was no cutesy and hallmark holiday. It was aggressive and it was deeply political. In Roman occupied Jerusalem laying down branches ahead of a man riding a donkey was an act of defiance and an aggressive political statement. Jesus engaged in a little street theatre. And the people responded, expressing their yearning to be free, believing this guy was going to change things and restore what was lost. In this context, teaching a child to wave a palm branch was akin to teaching a child to stick up their middle finger in anger … only more political. Perhaps we have sanitised, sterilised, or compartmentalised the teaching of scripture. Palm Sunday is a call for revolution against the powers of oppression, the systems and institutions that occupy foreign lands and repress its citizens with unjust practices and economic policies. Our friends from Timor Leste know what that is about, although it’s so painful they will seldom talk about it. That is why many Christians will join the “Walk for Justice for Refugees.” If we are serious about our Bibles, then Palm Sunday is the most political Sunday of the year.