Holy Week 2013: Shouting Stones

Palm Sunday
Luke 19: 28-40

Sometimes the church embarrasses me by its silence–that is, by its failures to proclaim the gospel in word and deed.  Sometimes I join the failure with a witness that leaves the gospel silent in a moment when I could have “spoken” it.

Palm Sunday arrives every year to remind us that Jesus is never without a witness.  The ones who should cry out may fail to do so, but Jesus never lacks for someone who will speak and live on his behalf.

The world (and alas, even the church) says to Jesus, “Order your disciples to stop.”  But Jesus will not silence any witness to him, even when it comes from “unofficial sources.” 

Palm Sunday gives us the opportunity to join the voices across the centuries who have declared Jesus to be Christ and Lord.  But if we decide to keep quiet, God carries on in the voices of people who who may look more like stones than saints.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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