“The Whole City Was Stirred Up”

“The Whole City Was Stirred Up”

Functionally, Jesus did not accomplish anything as he demonstrated in Jerusalem so long ago... and yet... still... this story lives on.. and yet still... its symbols still provoke and challenge us...

And yet... still... we wave our palms

and bow down to the humble and peaceful king that rides on donkeys

that keeps coming into our world and flipping it upside down.

Seeing Christ

Seeing Christ

What if “helping” wasn’t just about meeting other people’s needs – as lofty and beautiful as that is? What if those connections were Christ’s way of meeting us, getting under our skin, getting inside us?

What if it’s true – that Christ is already here… in every act of compassion… in every connection we make? In the stranger, in family, in friend? Even – can I say it? - in ourselves?

Prepared for Patience

Prepared for Patience

What does it mean to wait with an expectation of goodness? It’s not being naïve about the dark; in fact, it’s just the opposite. You only carry oil if you think the dark will last a long time. They are not fools.

But you can live in the dark and carry the light of Christ at the same time. Especially if you are preparing for something good. Peace. Loving-kindness. Compassion.

It takes tenacity, but it is possible. And what this parable tells me, is that it’s exactly what Jesus wants for us, and for this world.

Kingdom Feast, Kingdom Clothes

Kingdom Feast, Kingdom Clothes

The author of this gospel wants us to hear both sides of this story equally and not just one.  The author of this gospel doesn’t want to sugar coat it for us…  Because the author sees two clear choices…  we can continue living in the old ways of the world which have failed us and caused suffering time after time, we can be people of pharasaic faith… or we can choose to accept the invitation, we can choose to live in the new ways of God’s kingdom… which are life giving… which bear fruit, which spread God’s love into the world… we can choose to live life in a way that promotes life, or in a way that causes us to suffer.