They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Reflection. So, Holy Week begins with the crowds shouting with joy in support of Jesus, whom they saw as the coming, promised Messiah. They knew well that people made pilgrimage to Jerusalem on foot. They understood the significance of this donkey ride. So, a great deal of shouting joyous support, but, also, some dissent. Others knew how the Roman authorities might see things.
Jesus knew what was going on.
His disciples knew what was going on.
The crowds thought they knew what was going on.
The Pharisees knew the possible consequences of what was going on.
(Do) we know what was going on?
The King is coming riding on a donkey.
By the way, I don't intend to let some rocks do my praising for me.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may I shout your praises, O my King. You are the rock in my world. Amen