Wednesday, March 13, 2013
March 13, 2013
'Go to the village opposite, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?" you are to say this, "The Master needs it.”’ The messengers went off and found everything just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, 'Why are you untying it?' and they answered, 'The Master needs it.' So they took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus on to it.
Jesus, you deliberately chose this way to enter the Holy City. You were making a statement, calling to mind a centuries-old prophecy of a king who would come to the city not to conquer but to bless and unite.
You wanted them to see you riding and remember the words of Zechariah about a day of rejoicing when a new king would bring the peace of God, establishing it from sea to sea.
The peace you offered came not through the power of the sword and military might. You did not seek to conquer anyone. You appeared to welcome them into new relationships with each other based not on fear or status, not on the desire to dominate and subjugate but on mutual care and regard.
You saw the belovedness of every living soul in the eyes of God who wants all to shine with dignity and beauty, receiving and sharing the wonder of life and love that pours from the divine heart.
You brought a kingdom that reached to the poor and the forgotten, the diseased and the broken, and set hearts free to become the love of the One who is Love. You brought the kingdom of God’s holy dream and ancient intention.
You healed and sat with those who imagined they were far beyond the favor and care of God. In your presence, you revealed how wrong they were, how badly they underestimated the wonder of God and the reach of divine compassion.
So you didn’t come to the city with a display of immense power, but on a young animal, riding awkwardly along, close to the ground where even children could reach out and touch you.
You wanted to be with and near them so they would know you came to bring blessing to those who didn’t imagine themselves blessed, bringing peace to those who longed for love and grace to replace the bruising power of dominating forces that controlled their lives.
I not only see, but feel your intention, Jesus, and I pray: May the intention of your loving kingdom rule my heart and words this day. May I, too, be a sign of peace for hearts that hunger for the peace you bring.
Pr. David L. Miller