Slow Lent Palm Sunday – With Jesus in Jerusalem

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21 Mar 2018

Welcome to the final week of Slow Lent, click the link below for instructions on how to get started.

Introduction and Suggested Process

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Gospel – Mark 11:1-10 (Sunday 25 March 2018)

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,

‘Hosanna! 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!’

Gospel readings are taken from NRSV Bible.

Daily questions

Monday

This reading finds Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem to a welcoming crowd. What struck me in the reading?

Tuesday

The people of Jerusalem receive Jesus in different ways. Where am I when I imagine myself in the Gospel scene? Am I holding back or celebrating?

Wednesday

The people of Jerusalem rejoice in Jesus’ presence. How do I see people responding to Jesus if he were to reveal himself today?

Thursday

Many of Jesus’ followers, including Peter, will later deny that they were with him. Have I ever denied Jesus? What kind of follower of Jesus do I want to be?

Friday

What have I discovered while spending time with Jesus in Jerusalem this week?

Video clip: Jerusalem Old City walking tour

 

Meditation

Jesus arrives in Jerusalem riding a colt over leafy branches and cloaks brought by the people. After a ministry where he proclaimed a wide welcome to God’s kingdom, now he himself is warmly welcomed into the public square.

It seems like the fulfilment of his mission when the people sing with joy ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom …’ Jesus is humble, open and ready for whatever is to meet him in Jerusalem.

Now I imagine I am in the crowd which welcomes Jesus. What do I hear? Can I see Jesus from where I stand? How do I feel in the midst all the people? Do I wave palms joyfully? Am I holding back and simply observing? What do I call out? I take a while to let the scene unfold.

Now I think about the welcome Jesus receives in today’s public square. How do I want to welcome Jesus?

Resources written by James O'Brien. Edited by Michael McVeigh.
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