Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Palm/Passion Sunday – C2

Palm/Passion Sunday – C2

Years C
Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-40


Go, do ["this specific action"]! And they did.

"If these were silent, the stones would [take this specific action]!"

"This specific action" will happen. In the short-run or the long-run, a sign of a change is ready to be manifest.

Let's listen in to Luke recording of some other folks invited to "Go ...." As you listen, raise the question: where you are being led to "Go ...."? Without the question we might miss an invitation to an expanded life.

John the Baptizer: Lu 1:17 - With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Jesus: Lu 1:76 - And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

Shepherds: Lu 2:15 - When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

Lepers: Lu 5:14 - And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them."
Lu 17:14 - When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean.
Lu 17:19 - Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."

Paralytic: Lu 5:24 - But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - he said to the one who was paralyzed - "I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home."

John's Disciples: Lu 7:22 - And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.

Anointing Woman: Lu 7:50 - And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Disciples: Lu 8:22 - One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they put out,
Lu 10:3 - Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
Lu 22:8 - So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it."

Hemorrhaging Woman: Lu 8:48 - He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."

Would-be Follower: Lu 9:60 - But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Questioning Lawyer: Lu 10:37 - [Who was a neighbor?] He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Warners: Lu 13:32 - He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, "Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.

Potential Guest: Lu 14:10 - But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, "Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

Feast Giver: Lu 14:21 - "Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.'

Two Different Children: Lu 15:18 - I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
Lu 15:28 - Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.

= = = = = = =

being sent
brings questions
of ulterior motives
for whose benefit
am I sent
do I send

to be sent
on my way
as my way
is a great gift
not needing
batteries included

to send
on their way
as their way
is great ministry
not needing
eternal shepherding


  1. Rev. Ed CampbellThursday, March 25, 2010

    Ok. Where is the context?

  2. Ed -

    The context is the bounding images of this pericope. It imagines a constant series of calls to the "use of humility" to "reveal glory". From go get the colt to go improve the health of others, we begin with a call.

    There are options regarding how we will respond. We can "go" or not. The end of the passage indicates that one way or the other our going will be noted. It will either be noted by our going or by something even more humble than our humility, a stone.

    Between these two there is the literal palm entrance to Jerusalem, but we can plug a whole variety of events into this pattern of call and response.

    Hope that helps with context.



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