Saturday, March 31, 2012

Palm Sunday: Love at work

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on that donkey, he did just that. The little beast bearing the travel-stained, wandering teacher into the city illustrated Jesus' humble obedience. This was no sign of power; it was a sign of love at work. But even as Jesus humbly bowed to the form his messiahship must take, he knew this was a triumphal entry. This was divine love in action and the power which would break the cycle of sin and death.

And when we bow our bodies before God in prayer, we are emptied of any illusions about our power and our importance. A kneeling spirit is no longer full of itself. It is emptied out and opened up for the filling of God's spirit. Only from a kneeling position are we able to receive into our lives the power of God's redeeming love.