Palm Sunday – Praying Through Holy Week
Read Luke 19:28-48
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer ; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.”
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
Triumph Through Humility
Spend a few moments in silence quieting your soul to receive from the Lord. Ask God to help you find your place in the biblical story through a word or phrase that “jumps out at you.”
Lord, help me to have a colt rider’s point-of-view, lowly and at eye level.
I want to see as you see –
people swept up in the moment,
and still love them when the moment’s over;
those who try to keep the lid on the status quo
and pray them through their stagnancy;
those who prefer calculated power
over unbridled praise;
those who adulterate worship to accommodate their desires
instead of uninhibited adoration.
If I’m totally honest it will be like looking in a mirror.
Thank you for humbling yourself as you rode into Jerusalem.
Help me to go through this day at a colt rider’s viewpoint,
looking at everyone I encounter with your eyes of compassion.
May my day’s journey bring you glory.
In Jesus’ name,