Morgner, Wilhelm, 1891-1917. Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker,
day by day you sustain the weary with your word
and gently encourage us to place our trust in you.
Awaken us to the suffering of those around us;
save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt;
give us grace to share one another's burdens in humble service. Amen.
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!"
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.
What a scene? Lots of activity, and people! Did Jesus request and instructions seem any different than others he had given them? Not really. He always seemed to know what to say and do—this was so different to them. But they continued to be surprised at what happened. This time was not different. The men who asked why they were untying the colt didn’t give them any grief but just let them take the animal. It was easy. Are the disciples ready for what is to come? Are we?
SNDdeN Ministry Story
In 2003, Sr. Lorraine Connell began to research a project to bring communication options to our sisters and their ministries in Africa, specifically Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project soon evolved into an infrastructure project to produce electricity, with solar panels, clean water utilizing pumps and ultraviolet ray filters and satellite dishes to connect to satellites for Internet access. This project is a ministry that affects the lives of hundreds of sisters, families and communities. Read Sr. Lorraine's story online or download a copy of Good Works, March 2016.
Palm Sunday Celebration
Nice prayer for Lent
Do Lent Generously **What is in your RED BOX?
Today is also March 25: Feast of the Annunciation. This hymn is in a Tribute, "Breath of Heaven" by Amy Grant.