“And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.” Mark 11:2

The arrival of important life events requires preparation, like cleaning up the room for a long-expected guest, or getting the right glasses for that once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the solar eclipse, or being ready for Jesus’ arrival!

Advent is all about preparation and readiness for Jesus’ coming. Yet, life’s daily grind does not always allow us to unplug in order to focus our hearts and minds on the main event.

Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is the main event in Mark 11. Preparations are in order. So Jesus tells two of His disciples to go into a village, find a colt, untie it, and bring it to Him (11:2). With these words, Jesus teaches His disciples to focus on what is most important, to get ready for His coming into Jerusalem where He will give His life as a ransom for many (see Mark 10:45).

At the last day, Christ will make another grand entry. Not as the humble Servant, but as the exalted Lord. As His disciples, how do we make room in our busy lives to prepare for His final Advent? We listen to and live by Jesus’ words until He calls us to Himself at His great visitation.

Lord Jesus, make room in our lives for Your word until You call us to be with You forever. Amen.

Rev. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., Ph.D. | Professor of Hispanic Ministries, Director, Center for Hispanic Studies, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis