Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Donkeys have that sixth sense. They see things others do not see. They notice the presence of a Spirit before anyone else. A donkey is sensitive to its surroundings and spooks easily. The donkey in today's readings does everything it can do to avoid the angel with a sword in its hand standing in the pathway. It tries to turn around, go off the path, and squeeze by. Finally, it just lays down. Each time the donkey is yelled at, until God gives it a voice to respond, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” I can't help but think of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, with that sad, baritone voice.
“And out floated Eeyore.
"Eeyore!" cried everybody.
Looking very calm, very dignified, with his legs in the air, came Eeyore from beneath the bridge.
"It's Eeyore!" cried Roo, terribly excited.
"Is that so?" said Eeyore, getting caught up by a little eddy, and turning slowly round three times. "I wondered."
"I didn't know you were playing," said Roo.
"I'm not," said Eeyore.
"Eeyore, what are you doing there?" said Rabbit.
"I'll give you three guesses, Rabbit. Digging holes in the ground? Wrong. Leaping from branch to branch of a young oak-tree? Wrong. Waiting for somebody to help me out of the river? Right. Give Rabbit time, and he'll always get the answer."
"But, Eeyore," said Pooh in distress, "what can we--I mean, how shall we--do you think if we--"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "One of those would be just the thing. Thank you, Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
Or, here's some life advice below from Eeyore.
If you're feeling sad or blue or are having a particularly hard day, remember you're not the only one. And remember as well that you have lots of friends to pick you up when you are down.
Okay. Good talk.