If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out
By Darlene DiDomineck, Interim Executive Director, MFSA
In Luke 19 the author tells us the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem. “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.’ (Luke 19: 37-40 NIV)
This is a story we rarely hear outside of Holy Week. It’s the story of disciples following Jesus, the rebel and revolutionary, by challenging the powers and principalities of empire and crying out for sacred change. It’s an old story. As Justice-Seeking People of Faith may we continue to ground ourselves in the stories of Jesus the rebel, tearing apart structures domination, and stories of Jesus the revolutionary, building communities grounded in revolutionary values of radical hospitality, fierce love and enduring hope.