When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me is, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” Think about how you have been blessed by God. Think about the ways that you can be a blessing from God to others. Think about the images of blessed and blessings.
Eternal God, my beginning and my ending, my light by day, my lamp by night. O One who shapes the ways for me to go and clears the paths for me to take, teach me tat I may live by love–not at my pace, but yours. I hurry; I judge the cover; I read the ending first, but you call me back to the beginning. Guide my life over the contours of your Word that I may learn your ways. Amen.
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