Day 34 Devotional & Discussion – March 19, 2016

MARK 11:1-17

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. Churches of the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance will remember Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and reflect on what would happen if Jesus entered Logan Square, asking ourselves what Jesus might see that needed to be changed. Jesus’ first action after his parade was to disrupt business as usual at the temple—business that took advantage of the poor. Since we are using the season of Lent to “make homes’ for others, we believe Jesus would be deeply disturbed by what is taking place at Lathrop Homes where the Chicago Housing Authority is planning to eliminate housing for the poor (525 public housing units) and replace them with 500 units of housing for people with higher incomes. This redistribution of land does not fulfill “the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Flipping tables was a direct action that exposed unjust practices that harmed the poor. What do you think Jesus wanted to accomplish through his direct action?  
  2. Do you think Jesus was effective? Successful?
  3. Would you be willing to participate in a direct action?  Why or why not?

There is no devotional for Sunday, March 20, 2016.  Join the LSEA for a Palm Sunday worship service and action at Lathrop Homes.

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