Palm Sunday, April 1 ::: Behold, Your King is Coming!

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Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion, 
‘Behold, your king is coming to you, 
 humble, and mounted on a donkey, 
 on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11

audio : Lay Down Your Weary Tune, Bob Dylan (1964), covered by  Billy Bragg (2012) 

image : To the Rescue, by Winslow Homer (1886)

“Let me not boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This was the way in which, though immortal, He was able to die; the way in which He chose to give life to mortal men: He would first share with us, and then enable us to share with Him. Of ourselves we had no power to live, nor did He of himself have the power to die. Accordingly, He affected a wonderful exchange with us: we gave Him the power to die, He will give us the power to live.  In taking upon Himself the death that He found in us, He has most faithfully promised to give us life in Him, such as we cannot have of ourselves. Brethren, let us then fearlessly acknowledge, and even openly proclaim, that Christ was crucified for us;let us confess it, not in fear but in joy, not in shame but in glory.

Augustine of Hippo, 5th century

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