Pray for your neighbors and your city

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During Lent, we use short videos to share a daily idea (related to the Gospel of Luke) on how to grow spiritually. Watch today’s video. Click here or on the image below:

To note: We read the whole Gospel of Luke in the GPS. Readings on some days are longer than usual. We hope you’ll have an extra cup of coffee or take advantage of your lunch break to read Luke’s whole story about Jesus.

Jesus entered a city that broke his heart Luke 19:29-48

29 When Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he charged two disciples. 30 He said, “Go to the village there. When you enter it, you will find a foal tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If someone asks, ‘Why do you untie him?’ just say, ‘His master needs him.’” 32 Those who had been sent found exactly what he had said.

33 As they were untying the colt, its masters said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?

34 They answered, “His master needs him. 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their clothes on the colt, and made Jesus ride on it. 36 As Jesus walked, they were spreading their clothes on the way.

37 As Jesus approached the way down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice. They praised God with a loud voice because of all the great things they had seen. 38 They said:

“Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord.

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest. »

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, scold your disciples! Tell them to stop!

40 He replied, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would cry out.

41 As Jesus came to the city and looked at her, he wept over her. 42 He said, “If you only knew everyday what leads to peace.” But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 The time will come when your enemies will build fortifications around you, surround you and attack you from all sides. 44 They will crush you completely, you and the people who are in you. They will not leave one stone upon another within you, because you have not recognized the timing of your gracious visitation from God.

45 When Jesus entered the temple, he threw out those who sold things there. 46 He said to them, “It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den for thieves. » [Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11].

47 Jesus taught daily in the temple. The high priests, the jurists and the main leaders of the people sought to kill him. 48 However, they couldn’t find a way to do it because everyone was captivated by what they were hearing.

Reflection questions

Jesus’ long journey (which began in Luke 9:51) ended when he entered Jerusalem. He entered very deliberately in a way that echoed history (cf. 1 Kings 1:32-39) and prophecy (Zechariah 9:9-10). His entry indicated that he was symbolically claiming kingship, but peacefully. He wept over the city, and his tears showed that he loved the people of the city. But he also cried because their careless leaders didn’t like him.

  • The prophet Zechariah said that a righteous king would ride a donkey to offer peace and salvation to the people. How did Luke imply that Jesus planned his trip to Jerusalem to fulfill this prophecy (verses 31-34)? Who sang and praised Jesus (verses 37-39)? Who did not like his entry into the holy city (verse 47)? Would you more likely have been with the “establishment” who didn’t want their caregiver status quo upset, or with the upstart rabbi of Galilee?

Pray

Lord of love, when you were born, Jerusalem ignored the news. When you came to the city, its leaders still did not welcome you. Lord, I open my heart – I always want to make space for you in my life. Amen.


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