Palm Sunday of the Lord’ Solemnity Passion
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Gospel: Matthew 26: 14 – 27: 66
The donkey is not a well-appreciated animal. But referring to two donkeys it was told, ‘The master has need of them.’ Jesus had a unique temper for letting others help Him fulfill His mission. While selecting the companions, He seldom went for the accomplished ones. He selected the ordinary and polished them, and made them accomplished. Look at the twelve disciples, they were just ordinary people when they joined His team.
The Samaritan woman of ill refute was selected to preach Jesus among her people. The possessed man of Gerasene was asked to ‘go home and tell everything the Lord has done for him’ (Mk 5,19). Jesus had a taste to select the ordinary and turn them into legends. The humble donkey thus had the chance to become the royal chariot of the King of kings.
When the owners of the donkeys were told that the master had a need for them, they let them go. If the same request is made today, will you let Jesus have some of your possessions? He might ask for a little of your time. He may need some assistance to reach out to someone in need. You might be asked to help someone in need.
Jesus is in need even today. He has to be carried to our families. He has to be carried to our public spaces. He has to be carried to our art and literature. He has to be carried to our schools and hospitals. He is looking for someone obliging. He is asking if you would oblige today. Will you oblige? We consider the colt the luckiest of all the donkeys for carrying Jesus for a while. You are far luckier than the colt. You are called to carry Jesus with you throughout your life. By being witnesses to Jesus in our daily lives we are carrying Jesus to new territories.
Let us not end the celebration of Palm Sunday by carrying some blessed palms home. It is just the beginning. Take Jesus home today. Take Jesus wherever you go, today, tomorrow, and every day.