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Luke 19:29-44 Commentary
by Greg Carey
“Teacher, order your disciples to stop” (Luke 19:39).
Luke’s account of Jesus’ triumphal entry emphasizes Jesus’ refusal to avoid the public eye. With this passage before us, preachers may invite congregations to consider the temptation to back out of the spotlight when faithfulness to God’s way raises the specter of resistance.
Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem marks a turning point in Luke’s story. Till now, the narrative pointed ahead to this moment. We have been told to anticipate Jesus’ “exodus” (that’s the Greek word) that Jesus will “fulfill” in Jerusalem (9:31; NRSV “accomplish”). We also recall that long ago Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (9:51). Since that point, the entire middle section of Luke has led us toward Jerusalem.
Now Jesus arrives. “The whole multitude of disciples” praises God. And the Order-Keepers implore Jesus to shut the thing down (19:37-39). The whole story has anticipated this moment, and we find ourselves ...
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Narrative Lectionary 075: Palm Sunday
March 24, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 19:29-44; and Psalm 118:19-23 or 118:20.