Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pilgrim on the Way

This passage from the Gospel of John, an alternative reading for the procession of palms that begins the Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) services in Catholic parishes everywhere tomorrow, could inspire hours of meditation for me during Holy Week.

When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel."
Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written:
Fear no more, O daughter Zion;
see, your king comes, seated upon an ass's colt.
His disciples did not understand this at first,
but when Jesus had been glorified
they remembered that these things were written about him
and that they had done this for him.

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