“I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”

The processional gospel reading for Palm Sunday (Lk 19:28-40) tells us of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem just days before His Passion and death.  Upon their approach, Jesus asks two of the disciples accompanying Him to fetch a colt waiting for Him in a nearby village.  Upon returning with it, they help Jesus mount it and a whole multitude lay cloaks before Him and shout praises as He rides in.  When the Pharisees ask Jesus to rebuke these disciples, Jesus gives them the message above.  The good news of Jesus arrival, and what He will soon accomplish there in Jerusalem, cannot be contained.  The multitude literally could not help themselves in their outward expression of exuberance at the “mighty deeds” (v. 37) of the “king who comes in the name of the Lord” (v. 38).  If it wasn’t the people making this declaration at this critical time in Jesus’ ministry, then it would devolve to inanimate objects to glorify God.  We are not to wait for this miraculous occurrence in our day.  Truly, the wonders of nature give real expression to the glory and creativity of the Maker of all things.  And some people will encounter or even find God in this way.  Praise God!  But we are to proclaim for all to hear the Lord and Savior of all mankind.  “Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the open squares she raises her voice” (Prov 1:20).  If we believe in the Good News and have felt its impact in our lives and seen it in the lives of others, how can we possibly remain silent?  How can we not share our joy with those who may have missed it or lost it?  We must have the disposition of a prophet: “[The word of the LORD] is as if fire is burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding back, I cannot!” (Jer 20:9).


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