Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Palm Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
When Jesus, the disciples, and the crowd had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2saying 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.
3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Commander needs them.’ And they will send them immediately.”
4This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5“Tell the daughter of Zion, look, your ruler is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt,
the foal of a donkey.”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9The crowds that went ahead of Jesus and
that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Child of David! Blessed is
the one who comes in the name of the Becoming One! Hosanna in the highest
10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”
11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Queeries for the text:
Who else was entering Jerusalem at that time?
How did Jesus ride on both a donkey and a colt at the same time? Is that what everybody remembered happening?
When else do palm branches show up?
Why do we shout Hosanna?
What other kinds of palms are there?
What happens to the prophets?
What are your queeries?