Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 21:1-11
Who is that VIP?
We taught our daughter how to dial 911 in an emergency when she was really little. Consequently, she called anyone in a police-type uniform “911.” Once when a policeman walked in front of us, she said, “Who’s that 911?” She recognized the uniform and knew he was an important person, but wanted to know more about him. I thought of that after reading Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, riding over the offering of garments and branches to befit a King, people all around Him shouted, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Other people began to ask, “Who is this?” Like our daughter wanting to know more about someone she recognized as important, the people of Jerusalem were eager to know more about Jesus. So are we! As His followers, we can learn more about Him all the time. Deeper knowledge of Christ prepares us to answer, “Who is Jesus?” Hope, peace, joy and love are the traditional themes of Advent. Those four words are a great place to start when answering the question. In addition, they are great words to act upon, showing who we are, in Christ. Dear Lord, grant us prepared hearts and eager minds to share Your love and truth. Advent blessings, Tracy