There cannot be a more humble task than to celebrate that which is greatest. For who are we to join the ranks of Jesus and the faithful long laid in the ground? It is also humbling for the simple reason that we don’t really know what this thing is all about. We may have memorized some important facts or catch phrases or been to some meetings where we have listened to someone else’s memorization, but this should not lead us to despair.
It is the greatest things that cannot be grasped, the most wonderful that cannot be comprehended. It is our task as we begin Holy Week, to try our best. To dig as far down as we can in the stuff of Jesus’ last days, using our imaginations and our communal reflections as spades and shovels. Trying our best also means being open to the mystery of the story, confessing by faith that which we cannot prove in order that we might draw near the core celebration of our lives.
Scripture for Reflection:
“He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it.
As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen,
“BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. ‘For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.’”
Luke 19:28-30, 35-44