March 20, 2016

Reading Luke 19:28-40 (NRSV)

Today’s reading recounts the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. People lay cloaks on the road and the disciples extol the deeds of power that they have seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!”

From the disciples’ perspective, Jesus is the royal son of God.

From the Pharisees’ perspective, this is a political rally without a permit. Calling Jesus the king could bring security forces charging in. The government could round up everyone connected to this subversive religion. People might start throwing punches and creating a riot. The Pharisees say to Jesus, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop!”

The Pharisees have a point: people can get hurt by disorderly crowds or individuals intent on disruption.

But Jesus replies, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

I have seen stones and rocks that tell a story of the Creator’s power.

Jesus declares that some messages cannot go unheard. When we have witnessed the healing and loving presence of Jesus, we must not keep silent.

Have you seen God’s deeds? Have you felt God’s presence? How are you responding?

Let us pray. Holy God, thank you for the example of Jesus to show us how to act. May we, like the stones, shout out about your creative power. And may our witness hasten the time when peace in heaven becomes peace on earth. Amen.

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