“The Lord needs it,” is what the disciples tell the owner of a colt that hasn’t been ridden and owner lets them take it.
As Jesus rides in people lay their cloaks along the path and praise him, which draws the ire of the Pharisees, who want him to quiet the crowd. But Jesus replies, “if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Yet as Holy Week plays out, we know they quit shouting out when they could have used their voices to keep Jesus from being crucified. The temple authorities used their voices to free Barabbas instead, so as Jesus rode in they had only offered empty praise.
For the last Sunday in Lent, reflect on the empty praise you have offered that wasn’t backed up with your actions. Then draw Jesus entering Jerusalem and throw down your empty praises like the people threw down their cloaks for Jesus to ride over.