Read Matthew 21: 1-11
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! “(Matthew 21:9)
Jesus was given a King’s welcome when he rode into Jerusalem. A massive crowd had gathered in the city and religious and political feelings were running at their highest.
The decision to ride into Jerusalem required a great deal of courage, for although there were those who welcomed him, Jesus was coming straight into the midst of his enemies who were out to arrest him. Jesus was openly asserting his royal power and challenging his enemies to acknowledge his kingdom.
The picture of this humble, peaceful figure riding on a donkey was saying to the people of Jerusalem: “Will you not, even now, even yet accept me as your King and enthrone me within your hearts?”
This is still the question Jesus is asking and it is up to us to decide whether we welcome his way of love and peace or whether we go along with the fickle crowd in Jerusalem who were soon to call for his crucifixion.
However, it turns out that this meek and gentle figure riding into Jerusalem on a donkey is really a very challenging and uncomfortable figure. And as we enter Holy Week we must be prepared for the discovery that Jesus can be an uncomfortable kind of person when it comes to the practical demands of love.