Lenten Devotional: Palm Sunday

Psalm 24; Psalm 29; Psalm 103;
Zechariah 9:9-12
; Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9;
1 Timothy 6:12-16
; Matthew 21:12-17

 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

Collect for Sunday next before Easter
BCP 1849

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As a child I thought riding on a donkey colt would be lots of fun. I never considered “ordinary”, “humble”, “out of our daily life” at all. In my mind’s eye now I recall looking from the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley at the gate into Jerusalem through which Jesus rode and thinking “no wonder the crowds cheered”. Here was a different sort of king, a king to bring peace to all people. A truly humble person is a game changer who identifies with our God spirit and presents a self-common to all. Jesus was unpretentious, sought to console the lowly, put himself out there to love sinners and disrupt those who thought they were above sin. He must have been what we today would describe as charismatic, but he was also Everyman. Our king has come to us as one of us and as the Son of God, both human and divine. As this Passion Week unfurls, may we seek to follow the example of Jesus’ great humility and incorporate humility into our lives as preparation to celebrate God’s great victory.