What exactly was Jesus doing when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey the week that Passover festivities began? Historical scholars regard it as an "acted parable," a symbolic demonstration intended to send a message to the city's inhabitants. Prophets, we know, were prone to such actions: Isaiah walked around naked for three years (Isaiah 20:3); Jeremiah wore a yoke around his neck (Jeremiah 27:1-7). Jesus staged an absurd procession, posing as a king on a donkey accompanied by a ragtag bunch of children and peasants. To call this "the triumphal entry" is highly ironic.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.