Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,His Grace tweeted last night that the coincidence of Palm Sunday with All Fools’ Day presented a religio-political blog with something of a dilemma: how appropriate is it to fool some people with jokes, trivia and levity on the day which heralds the beginning of Holy Week? And yet there is a sense in which the commissioning of a hoax is apposite. For as Jesus descended the Mount of Olives on this day, he borrowed a donkey to enter Jerusalem not as the long-prophesied conquering Messiah, but as a man of humility and poverty. He didn't hire his donkey: he borrowed it. And he rode in the company of pilgrims who were visting the city for Passover celebrations. They expected the Messianic Kingdom was about to begin. And they were fooled, if not fools.
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee...
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there (Mt 21:1-11,14-17).
As they cried ‘Hosannah!’ to the triumphant Messiah, they could have had no idea of the events which were about to unfold. Even today, there are fools who say in their hearts that there is no God. And still others who say that if there is, it was not Jesus. But none is more foolish than the man who knows in his heart that God exists and that Christ is that God, but still he will not humble himself before Him, to love, honour and obey.