March 25, 2018
Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16;
Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3
Hooray . . .
“A parade!” “Let’s make a parade!” “Me first!” Children are so easily motivated – much like, I suspect, the first people that formed Jesus’ Palm Sunday parade were. Everyone joined in the celebration without being fully aware of all the working pieces. Coming from one direction, the Romans astride horses, the source of power. Coming from another direction, Jesus on a donkey, the source of quiet authority. The Romans were bringing fear, the threat of war. Jesus was bringing peace and joy. Players in a scene that has been played out time and time again. The passion of Christ – his last week.
Palm Sunday, a day to remember when Jesus entered Jerusalem, obedient to his Father, thus fulfilling the prophets’ visions. It started so happily, so joyously, who could not participate in a parade? This was the beginning of a series of events that would end with Jesus’ death – and his resurrection! Thus we begin the week that was, the week that causes us to cling to the empty cross, the empty tomb, Christ resurrected. Our reason for joy, Christ resurrected!
Prayer: We love you, God. Thank you for loving us. Amen