Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9-12, 12:9-11, 13:1 7-9
Morning Psalms: Psalms 24, 29
New Testament: 1 Timothy 6:12-16
Gospel: Matt. 21:12-17
Evening Psalms: Psalms 103
“…See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey…. He will proclaim peace to the nations….”
Although my father often tried to read the Bible, his limited literacy skills prevented him from understanding many of its passages. I never gave it much thought, until about 10 years ago, when I gave Dad an illustrated children’s Bible, written in Spanish.
Dad opened that Bible every chance he had. This was something new for him – images that went with the words of the Bible! When friends or relatives stopped to visit, he would tell them about the latest story he had read. He especially liked showing them the picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey and the series of pictures leading to the Resurrection.
I wish I had known to tell Dad that by entering Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus symbolized peace. I wish I had known to tell him that the palm branches symbolized goodness. Dad would have liked knowing that -- especially last May, as he prepared for death and, with assistance, rode in a motorized wheelchair one last time around his favorite walking path -- behind the church – to savor a moment with God. Despite the painful challenges he faced with cancer, Dad was a very peaceful and a very good man.
I can picture them side-by-side: Jesus on the donkey, Dad in his wheelchair, winding down their respective journeys of peace.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live a life of patience, kindness, and goodness; one filled with the kind of peace that Jesus displayed as he entered Jerusalem. Amen.