Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Luke 19:39-40

Jesus wasn’t into being a big deal or having people notice what miracles He performed. He didn’t call people over to see the wine He created for the wedding. He often told those He had healed not to tell anyone. But when the Pharisees said His followers should “settle down” as He entered Jerusalem, He said the celebration would happen even if the people were silent.

Jesus was telling them that this was appropriate for the occasion. He didn’t advocate disrupting what others were doing, He taught respect and love. He also taught that praising God is part of who we are, and recognizing what God was doing for us is important. The Pharisees were angry because they knew Jesus would change the world and their grasp on power was slipping.

We are invited to celebrate with the crowds as Jesus goes to Jerusalem, praising God for the gift of His Son and giving thanks that we are called to follow Him. May we shout our joy aloud as they did.

Loving Lord, we want to share our joy at the coming of our Savior. Help us to let others know of His sacrifice for us and the love that will not let us go. Amen.

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