Palm Sunday approaches and Christians prepare for the yearly remembrance of the passion of Jesus. What kind of leader will he be? All those around him, friend and foe, asked him about his origin and his intentions. 

The media is full of the story of the fall of the Governor of New York, a man who wanted to do the right thing but found it difficult to sustain. That is the story of humanity as a whole. We claim for ourselves a good – a light – that is beyond our capacity to achieve and even for those capable of reaching it find sustaining  it impossible. 

My late teacher, the Rabbi Edwin Friedman used to  say that you get sued for malpractice when you promise “too much.”  It is good to promise little, strive hard and live creatively with the resulting ambiguity. 



I am riding on a limited express, one

of the crack trains of the nation.

Hurtling across the prairie into blue haze

and dark air go fifteen all-steel coaches

holding a thousand people.

(All the coaches shall be scrap and rust and

all the men and woman laughing in

the diners and sleepers shall pass to


I ask a man in the smoker where he is

going and he answers: “Omaha.”

Carl Sandburg