PALM SUNDAY YEAR C
14th April 2018
Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56.
The triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem was welcomed by the crowd with high expectation and jubilation. Having seen the incredible signs and wonders from Him such as raising the dead, curing the sick, feeding the multitude etc. The expectation was that he will declare his kingship in order to oppose the Roman occupation and taxes. This was the feeling of the crowd that greeted his entry into Jerusalem.
The church draws our attention to the fact that the manner of entry expresses reality of his mission – establishing the kingdom of God. The crowd is not completely wrong in their expectation of a new kingdom opposed to the current situation of the time. Rather it got it all wrong from the point of view of a kingdom modeled after earthly kingdoms. His was a kingdom built on sacrificial love. This is reflected by the donkey colt he rode on into Jerusalem. It portrays the humble submissions of Jesus Christ to the course of establishing the Kingdom of God. His humble acceptance and submission to sacrifice himself in order to expose the uncontrolled human desire responsible for human violence.
The triumphalism of this entry should be related to the victory of war or revolution. Rather it is a triumphalism of Jesus Christ over that responsible for all the problems of humanity. It is the beginning of a new and conscious living that will always put an end to violence as it rears its ugly head. It calls for humble submission to the will of God.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.