Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your King comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
meek and riding on a ass,
on a colt, the foal of a ass. Zechariah 9:9
As we contemplate the mystery of Palm Sunday, may we include in our thoughts the Lord’s poverty. May we see Him for who He really is on this day – a sojourner, a migrant, dirty and dusty who had no comeliness about Him. Yet, it is precisely this - His meekness, His poverty and His humility that brings Jesus to the kingly city of Jerusalem. Was his humble entrance on an ass a slap in the face to the Romans and the pompous priests, Pharisees and Sadducees? Quite possibly! These people saw power in their riches and elaborate displays of showiness. But Jesus calls us to unite with Him in His poverty? Crazy! Where are the television and radio preachers who guarantee us wealth, health and earthly happiness. Can they defend us from Jesus’ words, “[but] my kingdom is not of this world.” No they can’t because His word will stand forever, just as it is. If we choose to suffer and die with him, so too shall we be raised with Him. That is the Easter promise coming next Sunday . . .
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