“When Jesus entered Jerusalem, there was great commotion throughout the city and people were asking, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds answered, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’”
Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:
- This passage by the Gospel Writer called Matthew is sometimes titled, “Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.”
- Prophets are those who speak Truth to power, using their voices to express the concerns of under-represented people. Prophets do not seek their own glory, but what is best for their entire community.
- Whenever a prophet appears in sacred texts, we are called to hear something new and to act upon what we hear.
- What commotion, chaos, or disorder is occurring in my life right now?
- List or word map as much as applies, no matter how small or insignificant it seems. Remember that the pandemic has magnified certain situations while minimizing others.
- What are at least three (3) things I can do to calm the commotion or set some things in order?
- Note whatever actions you can imagine, being aware that they may mean pushing the edges of your comfort zone.
- In which area of my life am I being called to be a prophet, to speak Truth to power, and/or to act in a way which is best for the whole?
- Note the particular area.
- What am I willing to do to answer this call?
- List or word map as much as you can imagine.
- Who is at least one (1) person who truly honors my mission and will encourage me in my process?
- As I consider all I have noted, how do I feel about entering into a new experience, even if it is not glamourous, even if no one else follows, even if others do not approve of me or my choices?
- Without overthinking or analyzing, note all your feelings.
Be honest and gentle with yourself as you work through this devotional, and continue using it until you become clear about your purpose and understand your feelings. Remember that often when we doubt ourselves, or think we are the only one who feels something, we discover that by speaking our truth, others feel empowered to speak theirs, too.
© 2021 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.