Gateway to the Kingdom

Friday, September 6, 2013
Luke 19:28-48

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The solemn entry of Jesus into Jerusalem marks the gateway to his entry into the heavenly Jerusalem. The people of this central city of God will soon abandon their loyalty to Jesus as quickly as the branches thrown beneath Jesus will be brushed to the side and die.

We enter autumn, season of harvest and return to routines as defined by children going back to school. Soon the leaves will emit a final gasp of color before they die and lie strewn beneath your feet as you walk into this season and smell its unique fragrance.

Two episodes of action, the entry of Jesus into the sacred city and the table-turning in the Temple, frame a setting of stillness as Jesus weeps over resistant Jerusalem of earth. Soon will there be the foundations of the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven.

Walk with Jesus into the Kingdom; it is the name given to this sacred season.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Lord, I join my tears with Yours. v. 41
Let me find the way of peace. v. 41
Make my heart a place of prayer. v. 46
I hang on Your every word. v. 48

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This is the first of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.

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