Church of England Diocese of Lincoln Sapperton with Braceby

Daily Reflections for the 40 days - updated daily

17 Feb 2021, 6 a.m.
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Lent

Jesus said: I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out. (Luke 19.40)

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time. It was quite an entry. The Jews were desperate for the coming of the Messiah, to kick the Romans out, and usher in a golden age of freedom, sovereignty and religious authority. To Jesus’ disciples (a swelling number) everything falls into place at the moment they pick up the colt. Here is Jesus calling himself the Lord, a descendent of King David, riding into Jerusalem. They are now sure that he is the Messiah, and they are right. There is no keeping it quiet. Jesus knows that this is the moment, the beginning of the end, and the beginning of the beginning. When the Pharisees try to hush up the disciples, Jesus tells them that they are wasting their time. Truth will out. This could be seen as the forerunner of all marches for justice, compassion and truth.

Dear Lord,

The events of this week are difficult to comprehend, and difficult to accept. Help us to walk with you, so that we can understand that death is never the end, and that sacrifices willingly made are enriching beyond measure.

Amen.

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