Monday, April 11, 2011

Matthew 21:1-11 or 26:14 - 27:66

Lent 6 - Year A

Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11 or
Passion Sunday Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 (or 27:11-54)

Where will you focus:
Jesus riding a donkey?
Disciples acting like donkeys?
Judas braying, “Greetings, Rabbi.”?
Peter stubborn in denial?
Chief priests calling for Jesus, reprising Jesus calling for a donkey?
Jesus stubborn in silence?
Crowd stubborn for Barabbas?
Crowd stubborn for crucifixion?
Pilate stubborn in innocence?
Chief priests stubborn in mocking their scapegoat?

Perhaps we might look at release in both Palm and Passion narratives.

What do you imagine a donkey’s release to be riden might signify?
Hosannas let loose.

What do you imagine forsakeness released might reveal?
Positively:
Religious symbols remade.
Faults shifted.
Past unbound.
Perspective changed.
Witnesses blessed.
Negatively:
Rich collude with religious to put away those endangering them?
Witnesses powerless.
Plots deepened.
 

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