The Walker's Diary for: Friday Apr 27, 2018
While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.  He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.  So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.'
 "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.'
 "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
 "The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.'
 " 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'
 "The second came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned five more.'
 "His master answered, 'You take charge of five cities.'
 "Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.  I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'
 "His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?  Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'
 "Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'
 " 'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'
 "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.  But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me.' "
 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them,  "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' "
 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
 They replied, "The Lord needs it."
 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.  As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.
 Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them!
They will be paid back for what their hands have done.
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.
 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and  my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon--from Mount Mizar.
 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.