Jesus, Lord of the Palms

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The Entry into Jerusalem, 10th Century, British Library [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Jesus, Lord of the Journey,
   we thank you
   that you set your face firmly towards Jerusalem,
   with a single eye and pure intention,
   knowing what lay ahead but never turning aside.
Jesus, Lord of the Palms,
   we thank you
   that you enjoyed the Hallelujahs of ordinary people,
   living fully in that moment of delight
   and accepting their praise.
Jesus, Lord of the Cross,
   we thank you
   that you went into the heart of our evil and pain,
   along a way that was both terrible and wonderful,
      as your kingship became your brokenness
   and your dying became love’s triumph.

Angela Ashwin, English author, compiler of
The Book of a Thousand Prayers

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The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,

“Praise God!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:

“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
    riding on a donkey’s colt.”

His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

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