They spread their cloaks…
Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here….
They took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus onto it. As he rode along, the people spread their cloaks on the road. As he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole group of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They cried out: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!” (Lk. 19:30, 35-38)
Today the Lord
enters the city that will crucify him: a fickle city that first cheers him and then condemns him. Today he enters riding a donkey, like David when taking possession of Jerusalem as king. The Son of David is the King who enters the city to take possession of a kingdom whose throne is the cross. Today, extremes touch each other: in the reading of the Passion, the ho-sannas of the crowd all too soon give way to cries of “Crucify him!” Today the King is ex-tolled and then mocked. Today we begin the holy days in which we are confronted with the paradoxes and contradictions of the human heart, where the Lord wants to reign as King but also where, after welcoming him, we follow in the footsteps of Peter and deny him.
From Sr. Roberta Vinerba’s Facebook page