Reading: John 12: 12-16 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When Jesus, still in Mary’s womb, arrived in Bethlehem he was on the back of a donkey. When he arrived in Jerusalem as an adult, he was on the back of a donkey. Not a fine horse, or a camel, or a chariot…but rather a humble donkey. There’s a message here. A donkey helped deliver Jesus before his birth in this world. A donkey helped deliver him before his death on the cross.
How do we deliver God's love? A word spoken does not have to be flowery; just heartfelt. A meal prepared does not have to be gourmet; just wholesome. A song sung does not have to be perfect; just encouraging. Or, to connect literally with the scripture today, a ride for a shut-in does not have to be a luxury car; just four wheels delivering love. --Alice Yeakel