March 28, 2021, Lectionary

Thinking about Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem reminds me of David's triumphal entry, bringing the ark into Jerusalem. Lots of joy, shown in music, dancing, and gifts. 2 Samuel 6:12-19

In the old Bible languages, words for hear usually mean to include some kind of action in response. But what if it was only listening that God does? (Psalm 116:1) It would still be worth our efforts to be heard and our praise. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

It is interesting to me that John's story of the triumphal entry has shouting, singing, palm-bearing crowds streaming from the city to meet Jesus and his entourage coming in. They didn't have Twitter, but the word spread, apparently. John 12:12-16

Mark's telling of the triumphal entry has no mother donkey tied with the colt as does Matthew's, and no Pharisees trying to assert their authority as does Luke's. Mark allows no distractions from Jesus and the on-going praise. Mark 11:1-11

Thoughts about Listening

When I am most happy, what could I do? I could play my happiest music, I could run and jump and dance and laugh, I could give gifts and smiles to all who come. 2 Samuel 6:12-19

Have you thanked your listener recently? Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

I wonder when was the last time I broke into singing triggered by some event. John 12:12-16

How hard do I work at making clear, direct, and deeply authentic communication? It's important. Mark 11:1-11