Lent Day 33 – Laying Down Our Cloaks

Posted: March 18, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Uncategorized

This Sunday will be Palm Sunday, when Mark says:

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:“Say to Daughter Zion ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

That image of laying down their cloaks reminds me of a poem by WB Yeats:

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Which in turn reminds me of the final verse of a well known carol by Christina Rosetti:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
We may not feel we have much to give Jesus, but what we do have is what is most precious to us, and so it is what is most precious to him. Our hearts and our dreams may feel small and unworthy, but they are the greatest gift we can give, and they are the greatest treasure he can receive.
Perhaps you might spend some time today thinking about how you might give your heart and your dreams to him, laying down your cloak in service and in worship.

 

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