At The Procession With Palms - GospelLK 19:28-40
Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany
at the place called the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples.
He said, "Go into the village opposite you,
and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered
on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
And if anyone should ask you,
'Why are you untying it?'
you will answer,
'The Master has need of it.'"
So those who had been sent went off
and found everything just as he had told them.
And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them,
"Why are you untying this colt?"
"The Master has need of it."
So they brought it to Jesus,
threw their cloaks over the colt,
and helped Jesus to mount.
As he rode along,
the people were spreading their cloaks on the road;
and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives,
the whole multitude of his disciples
began to praise God aloud with joy
for all the mighty deeds they had seen.
"Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest."
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
"Teacher, rebuke your disciples."
He said in reply,
"I tell you, if they keep silent,
the stones will cry out!"
1st Lectio Point
The multitude of disciples proclaim,"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest." Can you hear their rejoicing? Watch them throw their cloaks on the back of the colt and the skiddishness of the colt as the cloaks pile upon his back. Watch them help Jesus mount the colt, and the joy and exuberance that fills the hearts of the disciples. This moment is meant to be locked in their hearts, it is a joy that is meant to give renewed strength later when they need it. Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest." “Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God of hosts heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.” We hear these beautiful words in the Mass. The priest continues by praying: “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere, to give you thanks Father most Holy.” It is right and just- meaning, giving God praise honor and glory are right and due. What a beautiful goal, “always and everywhere to give Him thanks.” How do I do this so that I may grow each day heavenward, knowing the power and might of God my Father and that I can do nothing without Him? Perhaps to begin with, I can recognize all that My Father in heaven does today, right now, in my life, and thank Him and praise Him. this then gives Him glory. We need to recognize His loving providence and goodness, His power and His might, in the least moments of life, in order to be able to recognize Him in the more painful and difficult moments of life, the intimate moments near Jesus on the Cross. In the Mass, this Hosanna proceeds the Eucharistic prayer and consecration; we too need to reflect this in our lives. Then when suffering comes, we shall lift our hearts up to God with trust and love and acknowledging His Goodness and Mercy, giving praise and thanksgiving continue to be changed and transformed through the power of Love.
Prayer: Loving Father, help us to recognize you at every moment, in the least moments of life, that we may not miss you in the greater challenges, we ask this in your name, Amen.
2nd Lectio Point:
Why did our Lord, choose a colt which had never been sat upon? A colt that has never been ridden upon will be a challenge to mount.
As a young woman I loved horseback-riding. I remember riding my friend Colleen’s young horse that had very few riders because he was called “spirited.” I didn’t know what “spirited” meant until the day I rode him. He was more than “spirited”, he was skiddish! A horse that does not know its master will jerk and pull away and will try to throw you off his back (and so he did!). His youthful energy and strength combined with his fear actually worked against you at times lifting his lips and nipping at your coat or jerking away and getting hurt in the process. A young horse also can be very unpredictable and rough, as He doesn’t trust the lead and is not used to being led, nor is he accustomed to the nearness of the Master. When I ponder this passage for some reason it stirs my heart to ponder the “yoke of Christ” as we watch the disciples throw their cloaks on the back of the colt. The yoke of Christ is easy and His burden light. But when we don’t know the Master nor trust His lead, when we are willful and not under His gentle yoke, when we are not obedient, we run the risk of shirking Him and bolting. If we are not used to being led by Jesus yet, if we are in the habit of controlling our lives, we will want to ‘jerk’ out of his grasp, we will become anxious and fretful as we see Him approach closer and we will want no part of His yoke. This is an experience all of us know in our lives perhaps present tense. But if we accept His lead of Love in our lives, and we are willing to learn from Him to be humble, teachable trusting, if we accept His Yoke, all becomes sweeter. The burden is more in fighting His lead, than actually living under His lead of love.
Will I accept His cloak on my back like the colt? Will I accept His Yoke?
Aspiration: Dear Lord, let me learn from you, the one thing you have asked me to learn, teach me humility of heart, that I may become like you. Amen.