April 8, 2017

Palm Sunday, A (April 9, 2017)


The Humility of the Son of God – an Act of Love

One of the central themes of the celebration of Palm Sunday is the humility of the Son of God.

This theme is highlighted by two images or details. 

First, Jesus’ riding on a donkey entering Jerusalem.  A warrior or victorious king would ride on a horse or a horse-drawn chariot. 

Second, his crucifixion – the capital punishment reserved for slaves.

Thus, St. Paul’s reflection, “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, … emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; … he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

How great is God’s love for us! 

And may we learn from his humility and gentleness. 

 Image source:  www.agnusday.org

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