Each day of Holy Week, the Eurasia Blog will have a short reflection on a reading for that day, along with a prayer. Please join us each day this week as we reflect on the events and readings leading up to our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:1-9 ESV)!
“Behold, your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey…” Our King comes this week in simple, humble ways. He comes mounted on a donkey as children sing and wave palm branches. He comes walking in and around Jerusalem talking with His disciples. He comes bound and tied, arrested, and tried like a common criminal. He comes washing the feet of His disciples. He comes bloody and lifted up upon a cross. This week we remember these many ways in which our Lord humbled Himself for the sake of us and all people. And as we do, He comes again in humble ways: Through the voice of our pastors as they proclaim His forgiveness and absolve our sins, through the waters of our Baptisms, and through the bread and the wine laid on the altar and placed into our mouths. Humble, yet holy. Lowly, yet glorious. Simple, yet all sufficient.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus Christ, though You are King over all, You humbled Yourself to live and die for Your subjects; thank You for Your great sacrifice. We lift up to You our prayers and requests knowing that You hear and intercede for us. As Holy Week progresses, lift up those who serve, especially pastors, vicars and organists, with Your sustaining hand. Grant them the energy needed for Holy Week, the words and the music to proclaim You, and rest for their souls, as well. In Your Name we pray, Amen.