THE LORD’S ANONYMOUS HELPERS


When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here. If any one asks you, Why are you untying it? you shall say this, The Lord has need of it.’ So those who were sent went away and found it as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ And they said, ‘The Lord has need of it.’ And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they set Jesus upon it.” (Lk 19: 29-35)

We see these nameless followers of the Lord in the Gospel-narratives, like the owners of this colt, who are ready to give it up, simply because they learn that “the Lord has need of it.” Three chapters later in this same Gospel, another anonymous benefactor provides a “guest room” for the Lord, in which He has requested to “eat the Passover” with His disciples, when Peter and John show up to this man’s house with that request (Lk 22: 7-13).

I don’t know anything about these people, not even their names. They made no known contribution to spreading the “word” as did the Apostles, or to Christian theology, as did the great Fathers (three of whom we celebrate this Monday, on the Older Calendar). And yet the small, material donation (of a colt, and of a room) of these nameless people played a vital role in Salvation History: The "colt" carried our Lord into His entrance into Jerusalem (on Palm Sunday), and that "room" accommodated Him and His disciples for "The Last Supper."

Thank You, Lord, both for the named and the unnamed heroes of our Tradition, who have served You and us, to Your greater glory in our world. Let me not hesitate to serve You also in “small” ways, in which I am not recognized by name, to Your greater glory, and to our common benefit in our world.

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