Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday Homily

Posted by Kendall Harmon

But we ask ourselves – here we approach to the second word – Why does Jesus come to Jerusalem? Or perhaps better: How does Jesus enter into Jerusalem? The crowd acclaims him King. And he does not oppose this, he does not silence them (cf. Luke 19:39-40). But what kind of King is Jesus? Let us see: he rides a colt, he does not have a court that follows him, he is not surrounded by an army that would symbolize power. Those who welcome him are humble, simple people, who have the sense to see in Jesus something more; they have that sense of faith, which says: this is the Savior. Jesus does not enter the Holy City to receive the honors reserved for earthly kings, to those who have power, to those who dominate; he enters to be beaten, insulted and reviled, as Isaiah foretold in the first reading (cf. Isaiah 50:6); he enters to receive a crown of thorns, a reed, a purple cloak, his royalty will be an object of scorn; he enters to climb Calvary, carrying a tree. And this is the second word: cross. Jesus enters Jerusalem to die on the cross. And it is exactly here that his being a king, as God, is manifested: the royal throne is the wood of the cross!

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Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:56 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Charles52 wrote:

The first word is “joy” and well worth the read.

March 25, 10:56 pm | [comment link]
2. Catholic Mom wrote:

He’s no Benedict, that’s for sure, but that’s not necessarily the worst possible thing at this point in time.  What Benedict wrote and said was brilliant, but I think it went over the head of a lot of people and left them untouched.

March 26, 9:16 am | [comment link]
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