After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” say, “The Lord needs it.”’ Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’ They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’
Luke 19: 28-40
Do you feel confident Lord, on your entry into Jerusalem? You just ask and people do as you have said. Your disciples got a colt for you from a stranger because they knew it was you who asked.
Do you feel supported Lord, entering into Jerusalem? Look, people love you, can you hear the chanting and cheering? They are laying a path for you and calling you King.
Are you feeling afraid Lord, entering into Jerusalem? Look, people are watching the crowds, can you hear them plotting? Some people are clearly not happy.
Do you feel alone Lord, entering into Jerusalem? Surrounded by people who still don’t understand or realise the confusion and grief that lies ahead. Would you call your entry into Jerusalem ‘Triumphal’?
Read the scripture reading again, visualise the scene, put yourself in the scene. Where are you, who are you, how do you feel? Take a moment to share these feelings with God, what is God saying to you? Give thanks and ask for courage and companionship to respond to what God is asking you to do for him as you continue on your faith journey.
Helen Stephenson is a Church Related Community Worker in the Northern Synod
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