Scripture: Luke 19:28-40
Key verses: (37-38) As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38 saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
Reflection: The day after Thanksgiving, we need a good travel narrative. Usually read on Palm Sunday to make the journey into Holy Week, today the words from Luke prepare us for Advent. At the Thanksgiving dinner table, I realized that we continue to live in post-election conversations. We say we want unity but each of us are hungry for more political, social, and economic power. As Christians, we need to hear the narrative of the Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey.
Our scripture today is not merely a rebuke of a country that seeks power and domination but our own individual ambition to dominate others on the basis of power rather than love. Regardless of our political party, all of our pride, arrogance, self-centered ambition and self-seeking are brought out into the open. We take pride and become arrogant in judging the others whether in public or in the privacy of our own thoughts. In the presence of the one who rides a donkey, all feelings of superiority, competitiveness, and our power struggles become all too evident. Jesus on a donkey calls us into accountability, if indeed we are serious about following him.
There is another aspect to this travel narrative. It is the preparation for something new. We are traveling to the time when we have no idea what awaits us and yet we know exactly what is coming — new life and the promise of peace. There is a lot of good news in this Scripture. There is a lot of good news coming. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: God, we are following your Son. Seriously. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].