Read Matthew 21.1-11

                When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead 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, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

                “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you,

                                humble, and mounted on a donkey,

                                and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.

                A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

                When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”


Rev. Rebecca Hale, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, National Benevolent Association

“Who is this?” The crowd was in turmoil crying, “Who is this? This phrase is the soundtrack to my faith journey.

Who is this? Those words, at times, a prayer whispered on my lips. Words of gratitude and awe that there is a Mystery that holds my life weaving together joy and sorrow,

Who is this? Those words, at times, a curse cried out in the dark. Who is this Holy One that claims my life and requires love and grace when I might rather vengeance and judgment?

Who is this? Those words, at times, invoked to friends in genuine seeking. Who is this man whose followers (of which I am one) have created beauty as well as damage?

Who is this — who calls, claims, holds, challenges, comforts? Who is this one who changes everything?


Jesus, friend, guide, counselor, one of God’s very body, Mary’s child,

be with us as we journey toward you in this life.