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 Scripture —  Matthew 21: 6-9

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;  7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!”


Everyone loves a parade, or so the saying goes.   As Jesus approaches Jerusalem, the crowds awaiting him and following him are all shouting.   Some lay their cloaks on the road before him.

Can I suggest an image to you?  Wherever you are as you read this post, and perhaps you’re sitting on your own, I want to invite you to imagine that you are part of a grand parade.  You are either walking along with thousands, no, millions of other Christians who are following Jesus on this Lenten walk.  Or, perhaps you have found a good spot along the side of the road and are sharing the anticipation with those around you.   Wherever you are on the route, you’re in fellowship with other Christians in your church, your community, your state, the country, and the world.  But more than that, you’re in the company of all those people who over the ages have followed our Lord on this Lenten walk.   You’re walking with those who are dear to you who may have passed away.   You’re walking with all the saints of yesteryear.  And together with this multitude — or in the hush of the room where you are right now — you call out “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”


Dear Lord,

Fill us with the anticipation and excitement of seeing you on this Lenten parade.  As we stand on tip toe, help us to see you through moments of prayer, through pages of scripture, through services of worship, or through services to others in need in our world.