Body and Blood of Christ

Palm Sunday

Mark 11:1-11

W hen they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany,  near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'" They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. 

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n Mark’s Gospel Jesus begins his final journey towards Jerusalem in chapter nine. Three predictions of his betrayal and death unfold in these chapters. “They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid: "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death…” Mark 10:32-33. This sets the tone for his arrival in the city. 

Climbing the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives he is accompanied by disciples and some pilgrims. Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. “Nothing would have been more commonplace than a man riding a donkey; and a small group of pilgrims, waving branches and shouting acclamations from Psalm 118 at the Feast of Dedication.” Mark’s account is low key. This is not a triumphal entrance. He comes, neither as a political or warrior king but in great simplicity and humility.

Again in Mark his arrival in the Temple is muted. He enters the Temple looks around and sets out for Bethany. Matthew conveys something else: “when he entered Jerusalem all the city was stirred…”.   

The simplicity of Mark’s account focuses on the humility of the One who Comes. He has come to suffer and to die as unfolded in the earlier predictions of his betrayal and death.   

Oisín Feore
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