Palm Sunday: John 12:12-19
and Prayers by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
The liturgy, following
the chronology of John’s gospel, records Jesus’ entering into Jerusalem,
the Holy City, city of prophets and kings, site of God’s temple, just
before Jesus’ passion and death.
by the news of Lazarus raised from the dead welcomed him. Some were
natives of Jerusalem, some pilgrims for the Passover from other parts
of the world, some his disciples now convinced of his extraordinary
power. Most misunderstood him still.
save the Son of David!” they cried, casting coats and palm
branches before him as he approached the city gates. They wanted a new
David to breathe life into their nation. Wearing David’s mantle he could
liberate them this Passover, the feast of Jewish liberation.
records that Jesus rejected the call to be their warrior king. Mounting
a young donkey, he rode into Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy of Zephaniah: “Fear not, Daughter of Sion, your king is coming, mounted on a donkey’s
Not a fearsome
warrior, he was the humble king the prophet described. In Jerusalem
he would open his arms to the poor outcasts of the world..
“At the time his
disciples did not understand this...” John concludes.
And do we yet understand,
as the year go by
and we hear the story again?
Can a poor man on a donkey
dying like a slave
We like success so much,
the kind you feel and touch
and put your hands on
can anyone find
in a Cross?
Or is there success
When you can say:
"Your will be done!"
"Father, forgive them."
Like the two from Emmaus
we hope for easy gain.
Come walk at our side,
and tell us what matters most,