Let’s get a clue about Jesus from the kind of animal that he rides upon as he enters Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. It isn’t one of those great horses with large hooves that conquerors used when they marched into a captured city. Unfortunately, many in the crowd want Jesus to be that kind of a king. They are hoping that one of the miracles of Jesus would be the rising of a tremendous force to drive out the Romans who were making life so hard for them.
But notice the animal…a little horse—a colt. Jesus’ feet dangle and touch the ground! It hardly looks like something great. On the contrary, Jesus enters on a simple, humble animal, to express the peace and gentleness that Jesus wants to give. The animal is the clue! Still the people want a powerful Jesus to go into the city. They shout “Hosanna, Hosanna”…But a few days later, other cries would turn into “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
As you place yourself in the crowd, holding your palm branch and waving it, will you stay faithful to your king who will soon reign from a cross?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Hosanna in the Highest! v. 37
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Today is Palm Sunday.
Spring in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
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