Mt 26:14 - 27:66
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by Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer, '09
The readings through the Gospel are a journey in themselves, such as Jesus journeys to Jerusalem on the back of a cloak-covered donkey in Mt 21:1-11. Can you imagine seeing Jesus himself riding on a donkey toward you?! What an image, what an honor! This is the case with the crowds; upon seeing Jesus they cry out, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest” (in Mt 21: 1-11). It is profound that Jesus remains humble, even when showered with praise and glory and, in contrast, when betrayed by Judas and then crucified on a cross. This would not be easy for any human to do, but then again, Jesus was not just any man. He humbles himself in these situations, a humbleness that is ever-present, even in the face of hate and danger. Jesus' humbleness is different from 'being humbled' though, as "he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (in Phil 2:6-11). In comparison, the disciples, the crowds, the women at the tomb, and we “are humbled” by the Trinity. The humbleness, yet power and holiness, of Jesus are phenomenal, and we can find our own power and faith through humbling ourselves for the Trinity and for others. To joyously proclaim and live our Christian faith and love is one of the most powerful things we can do, and Jesus did just this for us without shame.