Sunday, April 1, 2012

Our Humble King


Jesus enters Jerusalem to cheers and hosannas and waving of palms. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” - Mark 11:9
I wonder how he felt when he heard those hosannas. He knew it would all change because he knew he would have to suffer.
Cheers one day. Denial the next.
Worship one day. Rejection the next.
And it still goes on today in the hearts of all of us at one time or another. We are sinners, after all. Sooner or later we reject or deny him. Sooner or later we doubt and we question.
Especially when it is not popular to follow Jesus and His teachings.
And yet, through it all, Jesus still loves us. That is the message of the Cross.
Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. Jesus came to save us and to love us.
And Jesus came to forgive us, even when we crucify him.
John Shea wrote in Following Love into Mystery: “The cross of Christ was not rejection but the revelation of the non-abandoning love of God.”
Non-abandoning.
Even when things get tough and we hang on our own crosses, God has not abandoned us. And He won’t.
Jesus was a humble king on that first “palm day” long ago. And he remained a humble king through all the pain and suffering.
And he is our humble king now. Today. Loving us through our days of sorrow and rejection and crosses.
We are never alone.
Lord, help us to remain ever faithful and true. Help us to forgive and love others who abandon or reject or betray us. It isn't easy. We cannot do it without you. Amen.

9 comments :

Colleen @ ID said...

Beautiful, heart-stirring, and reassuring, Colleen. Great post!

Colleen said...

Colleen, thank you so much! God bless!

Jean Wise said...

beautiful I wrote similar thoughts today, but love your title. that brought it all together.

Michael said...

Amen.

I imagine that scene over and over again, and I wonder how our Savior rode into Jerusalem knowing what awaited him there (and as you noted, so different than the romantic image of people shouting Hosanna and waving palms)

God Bless you.

Colleen said...

To All - Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

Jean, your reflection was beautiful. Thank you.

Michael, thank you. I have often imagined that scene, thinking the same thing.

Karinann said...

I always find Palm Sunday(along with much of Holy Week) a little bittersweet. Your reflection reminds us of the hope to be found in Christ's humility.
Have a blessed Holy Week, Colleen.eirestedneddede

Colleen said...

Karinann, yes, hope. We all need hope. Thank you. God bless!

Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog said...

Thanks for posting on Pay It Forward. This is a beautiful reflection.

Colleen said...

Holly, thank you. God bless!