CONFESSION: Psalm 32:1-5
READING: Mark 11:1-11
REFLECTION: (A Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ) by Thomas à Kempis
Consider the great virtues Christ showed us by His human nature in this procession: While He was supreme and rich and powerful above all—as the true Son of God according to the divinity—He did not display the excellence of His majesty before the people by worldly pomp. But with much humility and meekness [He] approached the city, rebellious against Him. This is our king, whom John Baptist proclaimed as the lamb, that was to come into the world: Who for the salvation of the human race drew near to the place of suffering to accomplish the work of our redemption, as it had been revealed to the holy patriarchs and prophets.
He did not turn aside from the face of His enemies, nor dread the holy place because of the malice of the people. Yet, with the greatest charity and compassion, [He] approached the envious and enraged to calm their passions. Moreover, for their coming excesses and evil deeds, He mourned and wept.
The people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus into the city with shouts and praise because they believed He was going to be a political saviour. Do you turn to God only in times of personal crisis or when you need something from Him?