Sunday, March 18, 2018

palm sunday year b - mark

Mark 11:1-11
When they were approaching Jerusalem,
     at Bethphage and Bethany,
          near the Mount of Olives,
     Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them,
          “Go into the village ahead of you,
          and immediately as you enter it,
               you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden;
                    untie it and bring it.
               3If anyone says to you,
                    ‘Why are you doing this?’
                         just say this, 
                              ‘The Lord needs it 
                              and will send it back here immediately.’”
4They went away and found a colt tied near a door,
     outside in the street.
          As they were untying it,
               5some of the bystanders said to them,
                    “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
          6The disciples told them what Jesus had said;
               and they allowed them to take it.

7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it;
     and he sat on it.
          8Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
          and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
               9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
                         Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
                         10Blessed is the coming dominion of our ancestor David!
                    Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple;
     and when he had looked around at everything,
          as it was already late,
               he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Queeries for the text:
What is with Mark and all the "immediately"s?
Who do the bystanders think "the Lord" is?
Is this bad theology by the people who want a military messiah?
Is this the first pride parade?
Why does Jesus even bother entering the Temple?
Is Jesus taking the saying, "it's about the journey, not the destination" too literally?
Was there a procession on the way out also?

What are your queeries?

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