Scripture — Matthew 21:1-5download

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.  3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately. ”

4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”


It’s a little thing.  Telling the disciples to go into the town and fetch a donkey which will be tied up.  But then it’s a big thing, a really big thing.  Because it shows how what occurs during the season of Lent doesn’t just happen to Jesus.  Instead, as reflected in this donkey errand in which all is known and pre-arranged, Jesus is carrying out God’s greater plan.    And he still is.


Dear Lord,

We hunger to be used just like those disciples, dispatched by you for an task or mission.  Help us to realize that in fact we are summoned just as plainly as those two, dispatched to spread your gospel truth, love and grace.  This Lenten seaons, give us, we pray, that clarity of call and purpose.