Sunday, April 09, 2006

A Palm Sunday Reflection: Sometimes our King requires a Colt that's not been ridden

"'Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.' "... When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
"'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!'" Mark 11:2-10 (Ital. mine)
As an unashamed youth minister, one of my favorite aspects of the Palm Sunday narrative is that Jesus chose to ride an inexperienced colt, one so young that no person had ever ridden her before, for his triumphal ride into Jerusalem. Matthew tells us that the colt was with her mother, but Jesus prophetically chose the younger one. Why?


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