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.” Matthew 21:1-11
Tell the Daughter of Zion
Humbly entering the Holy city
a God among us moment\
viewed as a political stunt
set off troubles unimaginable.
If we walk with the homeless
feed the hungry, provide compassion
it too may be seen as an act
staged to get attention and press.
A God among us moment
often goes unseen by most
a back alley gift of housing
and a hug to a child of trauma.
The world wants to enflame
hangs on excitement and thrills
God's love moves on a whisper
a touch of healing unannounced.
They came to welcome God
without any warning or publicity
their hearts moved by love
they knew the heart of God with them.
So may we today lead with love
return with love and sing out loud
for God has arrived in our humble places
and made them a holy city forever.