Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for giving us a sense of immediacy in doing your will. Amen
Reading: Matthew 21:1-11 (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: "No time for chit chat!" is something I say when it is time to get things done right away. I think it comes from a Veggie Tale story. The story today from Matthew has that sense of "time to get things done" as the word immediately is in there twice in the first few verses.
The reading sets up the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem to shouts of, "Hosanna! Hosanna!" but we know the week ends with Jesus crucified. Surely not a week one would want to hurry up to start or try to rush along. But the word immediately keeps coming up.
Jesus gave directions and the disciples did not second guess, "How do you know we are just going to happen upon a donkey and a colt tied up?" They did not question, "Why the vague explanation of who needs them?" They did not argue, "What do you mean some guy is just going to let us take away his animals?" Perhaps when we know God is giving us directions, there is no time for chit chat. We should be ready to do His will immediately. --Ruth Gates
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