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Do stones shout ‘Hosanna’? If the disciples weren’t about to shout out, what would we hear the stones cry? Would they tell the story of the oppression of the Romans? Would they tell of the slaughters that had happened, of the violence that had taken place round the temple walls?
Would the stones instead cry out reminding the Jews of the length of time in the wilderness with the doubt and the anger and the presence of God springing water from the rock?
Might the stones speak of the oppression of the Hebrews in Egypt and shout aloud about a God who set free those who were captive after making bricks from straw and hard labour for the Egyptians?
Perhaps the stones would shout aloud about the time the Pharisees gathered round a prostitute, yet since none could admit to sinlessness the stones were laid down and the holy folk disappeared.
There is a lot the stones could say. There is yet still one story to happen that the stones might be ready to tell where the biggest stone of them all finds itself rolling away from an empty tomb.
So when we shout our ‘Hosanna’s’ on Sunday, we know it isn’t just a word found in catchy children’s choruses but a word that contains the hope, the longing, the promise and the still yet to be of a God who hasn’t been silenced yet.