Gospel: Mark 11. 1- 11
Today is Palm Sunday, a glorious celebration of the church. On this day we are remembering the triumphant journey of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
Jesus the Son of God goes into Jerusalem – The son of God should be worshipped and adored and glorified here the son of God is going to be killed.
Jesus was made to sit on a colt and people have spread their cloaks on the colt and some people even spread their cloaks on the road creating a red carpet ambience and they move on shouting:
‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
The word Hosanna in Hebrew meaning save us O God is chanted as they process with the saviour of the world.
This in a special way symbolises the nature of the Church.
We are a people who gather around Jesus and we journey with him.
We are a people praising God because in Jesus we have found our Saviour and friend.
We are a people who offer ourselves in loving surrender to Jesus the King.
The Triumphant Jesus teaches us humility and courage. He is journeying with great humility riding on a colt, a very ordinary means of transport in Jesus’ time. He goes to Jerusalem where he is going to be eventually be falsely accused, tortured and killed. He goes with great joy to suffer.
We join in the words of Henry Hart Milman (1827) and say:
Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow your meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, your pow’r and reign.