April 14, 2019

C20: Palm/Passion Sunday, Year C (2019)

Jim Somerville

Easter rolls around once every year, but so does Palm Sunday. How does a preacher keep those stories fresh and relevant for his or her congregation? By combing through familiar texts in search of something that stands out in a new way. For Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, the thing that stood out in this year’s perusal of the Palm Sunday story from Luke 19:28-40 was the idea that Jesus needed a donkey. When Jesus sends the disciples to fetch one, he says, “If anyone asks tell them that the Lord needs it.” But why would the Lord need a donkey? And what else might the Lord need that we haven’t considered?

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