Readings: Exodus 34:1-8, 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2, Matthew 21:1-11
A golden calf stands at the entrance of a restaurant near the church. We ate with friends there once and my mom touched the calf as we walked by, like most people did. She asked my Jewish friend why he didn’t touch it. “My people have a bad history with a golden calf. I’m staying away from it!” Aaron fibbed to Moses in Exodus 32, “Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” Liar, liar, calf on fire! To clarify, Aaron crafted the calf for the rebellious people to worship while Moses was on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from God. Consequently, Moses was so angry at the people that he broke the tablets. In our reading this week from Exodus 34, God gave the people another chance. He instructed Moses to write on the second set of tablets. What a gracious God we have that grants new beginnings, even to liars, rebellious desert wanderers, and people with good intentions but weak willpower, like me. I’m praying our Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, fills you with peace, strength, and joy as you abide in Him. Don’t look for a golden calf this week; look for a donkey carrying our Savior King. “Your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of donkey.” We will sing out on Palm Sunday like the faithful people of Jerusalem, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”