‘Jesus, the Name above all names’ So reads the banner in the Church. These photos show the start of the celebration. The congregation have their own palms which are blessed. The gospel from St Mark is read and as usual in such a Eucharistic celebration, the congregation get to read the part of the crowd or lines where more than one speaker has something to say.
Each time I shout ‘Crucify him!’ with the crowd, I am only too aware that it is what I do when I do not choose to love, as God commands.
[And most of the crowd spread their cloaks upon the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees, and strewing them on the road. And the crowds that went before him, and those that followed, kept crying out, saying “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion, saying, “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying,”This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”- See Matthew 21:1-11]
This evening the homily’s key message was a challenge for us: can we, like the owner of the donkey that Jesus sat on to ride into Jerusalem, simply yield to God’s will? Can we surrender with no questions asked?
This is a beautiful work of art by Giotto.
‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey.’ Zechariah 9:9