1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.”’

Frequently, in the stories told about Jesus, we are faced with the question: “Who’s in charge here?”

Entry into Jerusalem Duccio Di Buoninsegna (1260-1320) Italy

On the surface at the time of Jesus’ life in Judea, it appears that the Romans are in charge. Or, in the religious sphere, the Scribes and the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law seem to wield all the power. But the power exercised by the Romans and the influence of the religious hierarchy of the day is not real power. These forces are only able to manipulate situations and control certain circumstances. Real power works in a realm deeper than surface details.

When we look carefully at Jesus, we see that there is a greater power at work here. It is Jesus-power that actually carries the day (cf. Matthew 26:53). Jesus-power may not always look as if it is in control, but there are moments when it emerges on the surface and can be seen as the real power behind the circumstances of life.

The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is one of those times when the veil is pulled back and we have the opportunity to see that it is the power of Love that is really in charge. Jesus is not a victim of powers greater than himself. Jesus is in control of what is going on and willingly submits to the illusory forces of violence and injustice that are mounted against him because he knows that true Life lies along the way of surrender (cf. Matthew 5:38,39).

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What are the illusions of power to which I cling? What helps me to see the real power of Love at work in the world?