Have you ever attended a big college football rivalry game? At some point, the visiting team’s band enters the stadium with horns blowing and flags waving to the steady beat of the drum. At best, the home fans politely endure the disruption. Quite often, they boo and jeer.
As Luke tells it, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is no triumphant homecoming, with scores of locals welcoming a conquering messiah to the city. There’s no mention of palm branches or shouts of “hosanna” in Luke. Rather, Jesus and his followers seem to be the only ones in the parade. They’re the ones proclaiming and shouting and letting the city know that “the King who comes in the name of the Lord” has entered the gates.
And, predictably, the home team asks Jesus to quiet his followers.
But Jesus knows something the Pharisees don’t: the coming of God’s reign cannot be muted, it cannot be stopped. “If these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
It can seems like the world isn’t paying attention to the church, or its proclamation, these days either. Take heart. It’s not up to us alone. All creation sings God’s glory. So thanks be to God.
Scott Simmons is the pastor/mission developer of Lydia Place Collaborative Communities in Saint Paul, MN, a ministry of the ELCA exploring the intersection of faith, work, and daily life through collaboration, relationships and the practice of radically accepting the hospitality of others.
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