Scripture: Luke 19:28–40
Key verse: (40) He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Reflection: The day after Thanksgiving is not the day we usually read the Palm Sunday story and yet this is our scripture today. Jesus was on a donkey, turning everything upside down. People were shouting, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.” It was infuriating to the religious leaders. It was embarrassing and the voices of the crowds got louder and louder.
The religious leaders told Jesus to make them stop.
It reminds me of the times when my children were little, laughing hysterically on a road trip and my husband would say, “Hold it down!”. Driving, he couldn’t see the joy in the moment or hear each giggle, he just heard noise.
The crowds were full of joy as Jesus offered them hope of a new day. A new way. Resurrection.
They didn’t know about the new life, Jesus death and resurrection but they knew Jesus was bringing life to a place that had been dead. They couldn’t help but shout “Hosanna!”.
Jesus replied to the request to quiet them down, “Even the stones would shout.”
It is still Thanksgiving. Well, yes, it is an ordinary Friday but every ordinary day can be holy. Let’s keep laughing loud, sharing moments of gratitude and offering resurrection moments. New life in the midst of a dead time. Love in the middle of some very dark days. Do not be silent, because even the stones would shout out the good news of today, regardless of how ordinary.
Prayer: God, open our eyes to the holy in every day. Take away our fear of being too loud, too loving, too grateful. Thanks be to you for this moment in time. 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].