Our scripture this week is Matthew 21:1-11.
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Jesus and His disciples came back to Jerusalem uncertainly – remember that the people there had threatened them and forced them out earlier. Now they are welcomed with shouts and a festive parade. It should be no surprise that people’s opinion can change rapidly and drastically.
Our own feelings are swayed by events and what we hear about them. What gladdens us one day may change to frustration soon after – and vice versa. Our thoughts and actions are influenced by the “buzz” of communication around us.
Jesus wants us to hear God’s message above all else and be constant in our love for Him and each other, regardless of what the world says to us. He teaches us to listen, learn and then “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). We are called to be steadfast in our faith, aware of the world’s needs but not led astray by it.
Loving Lord, we are humbled and grateful that You come to save us. Help us to be strong and brave in spite of the words of the world, going in Your name to share Your love. Amen.