Sunday, April 14, 2019
“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’” [Luke 19:39-40]
Stop! The Pharisees wanted the disciples to stop. Stop praising this Jesus. But stopping the disciples’ praise would have only caused an even greater commotion. Imagine if all the stones here in Redlands started shouting out, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” The sound of thunderous praise would reverberate throughout the city. The Pharisees were worried. They feared the exuberant praise would arouse the Romans and put the religious establishment at odds with the Empire. So, the Pharisees, good church folks, tried to silence the praise. Jesus simply says you can’t. If you silence it here, it will raise up somewhere else. These words are prophetic, for if individuals or faith communities are silenced or fall silent, others – even stones – will shout out.
God of people and stones, give me the courage to never stop praising you, even in the face of those who attempt to silence me. Help me to recognize your deeds of power at work in me and the world, so that I will sing and shout your praises all the days of my life. Amen.