Wow, half way through March.
Here’s the wisdom.
19:28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
19:29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
19:30 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.
19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.'”
19:32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
19:34 They said, “The Lord needs it.”
19:35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
19:36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
19:37 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,
19:38 saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”
19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”
19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Redemption does not come to people from outside or from above. God wants to use people in order to work on the completion of creation. Precisely for this reason God must also suffer with the creation.
“For my sake, the world was created.” At birth, we are endowed with enormous potential. Our actions can change the world, ideally making it a better place. However, “I am [also] but dust and ashes.” Our time on this planet is limited. One day, all who live will return to the earth from whence we came, so we must act while we can. I cannot believe that God created human beings as little more than eventual fertilizer. In order to honor the work of Creation, we are urged to repair it. This reminds me of a midrash in which God warns us not to destroy the beauty that God created, “because if you spoil it, there is nobody after you to fix it.” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13)
God bless our contradictions,
those parts of us which seem out of character.
Let us be boldly and gladly out of character.
Let us be creatures of paradox and variety:
creatures of contrast; of light and shade:
creatures of faith.
God, be our constant.
Let us step out of character into
the unknown, to struggle and love
and do what we will.