Monday, March 30, 2009

Mark 11:1-11

Palm Sunday – Year B

Mark 11:1-11

Humility is not prized in domination systems (sucking up in hope of finding the leverage for a coup, is).

We are talking planes of existence here that slide by one another with little to no contact. We approach Jerusalem (really the Temple) and make choices about the mode in which we will arrive – a beast of burden, not a charger of triumph.

Of course there are those who are blind to such a choice and still see the charger, even with a colt in front of their eyes. Here is a reverse case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Folks are not able to see humility for the log of domination in their eye. No mater how Jesus says he is not a Messiah in the military/economic/political sense, he is still so perceived.

When Jesus finally arrives at the Temple, there is nothing to see for one who has their eye set on a larger future. No matter how much Jesus looks around, it is too late, any glory once present, has faded.

What is your symbol of humility and non-violence in these days? Regardless of whether others recognize it or not, you will know what you are about.

What are we looking for in these days? Look around - its gone from the places we thought it might be and we are called to see a new manger. If its not where you are looking, head off with your friends to further build community.

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