“So those who were sent departed and found it as Jesus had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus.” [Luke 19:32-35a]
Although Jesus had prepared the disciples for what might happen when they found the colt, it never ceases to amaze me that the owners of the colt are satisfied with the disciples’ curt response, “The Lord needs it.” Is that all I have to do to get something? To simply say, “The Lord needs it.” And poof, I get what I ask for. Wouldn’t that be easy? Doesn’t Jesus say in another spot in the scriptures, “Ask and you shall receive?” Yet, the unspoken question in the disciples’ asking is, “What is their motive?” I suspect we might want to use this seemingly magical phrase, “The Lord needs it,” to get what we want even if our motives are not pure. The truth of this passage is, the disciples are not the beneficiaries of the colt. It is for their teacher. It is to fulfill what has been written in scripture about the Messiah. Another question to ponder from this text is, “What moved the owners of the colt to generously share of their resources?” What prompts you to generously share?
God, your giving knows no ending. Yet, I am quick to come up with all sorts of reasons why I cannot share as generously as the owners of this colt. I am apt to ask lots of questions and when I am not satisfied with the answers, I make excuses. Help me to listen deeply to the wisdom of your giving that knows no ending. Amen.