Wednesday March 20
Vision to Follow
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’
Following Jesus can feel counterintuitive. We are called to love in the midst of hate. To give in the midst of greed. To hope in the midst of despair. And to go untie a colt, because, why not? We might not always see the totality of the picture God is in the process of painting, but that doesn’t mean that the brushstrokes of our life and faith are any less essential to God’s masterpiece.
Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love. With God's help, we can reject the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again. – The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
The Breastplate of Saint Patrick
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.
I bind to myself today
Questions for Reflection:
What practices help you to turn again and again to
Jesus Christ and the Way of Love?
How will (or do) you incorporate these practices into your rhythm of life?
Who will be your companion as you turn toward Jesus Christ?