Luke 19:28-40 for Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday






Song: A Quiet Time by Stephen Iverson*

Photo: Young Donkey Colt
(found on:; April 8, 2019)

*used with permission

Published by Todd Spencer

I am a spiritual director, a minister of spiritual formation, a husband and father. I live in the beautiful town of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2 thoughts on “Luke 19:28-40 for Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday

  1. Hey Todd
    A few things struck me today as always with this story.
    The story portrays Jesus as a person in charge of his peers. Go into town and steal a donkey?
    Did Jesus ever say to buddies, what do you guys think of this?
    It’s written as if we already understand him to be Divine and therefore we do as commanded or it’s a story about the “the human one” (as Rohr would say it) who perhaps has a bad idea and everyone around him says nothing in contest or worse just agrees. The whole thing just makes the leaders of the day very angry.
    I actually dont like Palm Sunday,
    On one hand I have my upbringing telling me it was all a plan, theater even, prophecy unfolding. This version i no longer like because of the self importance it seems to give to the apparently humble Jesus. It reminds me of when God finally says to the Israelites, ok you can have a king. Maybe relunctantly, Jesus says ok you want to celebrate me then this is how we do it, in satire.
    I feel as tho these stories about Jesus told by others and handed down are slanted towards a pious, wise man that no one in the group countered except Peter and Judas.
    I’m rambling here as I know that unless I was one of the 12 i think i would have been suspicious of Jesus. I’m like that. Not suspicious so much as, there’s more to the story, there has to be.
    This is what bothers me about Easter. The whole dying for our sins, I dont buy it. What I do see vividly in this story are main characters that are not human, do keys and rocks. I feel the travelling of up and down. I see the Mountain top and then the descent. These are tools for telling a good story, one that is not so obvious or linear. One that allows for dialogue and misunderstanding.
    I could go on.
    Thanks Todd keep creating the space. I dont think I adhered to RR quote to be under my thoughts.


    1. Dear Jonwillms,
      Thank you. Your honest reflection here draws me into some open space for wondering. The story does seem to me also to be satire — with a deeply serious and life-altering message. I have never connected the “okay, I’ll give you a king” from the Hebrew Bible to this story as directly as you have. I think I will from now on have them linked in my mind. Yes.

      How is it that you are or are not able/choosing to be “under your thoughts”? At any rate, I feel invited to bring both my thoughts and my willingness to hold mystery under my thoughts as both parts of the dance with God. What might be better words for you regarding meditation and contemplative prayer?

      Thank you again! I look forward to more from you.

      Deepest Peace,


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