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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
When the great crowd that had come to the feast
heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.”
Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written:
Fear no more, O daughter Zion;
see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.
His disciples did not understand this at first,
but when Jesus had been glorified
they remembered that these things were written about him
and that they had done this for him.
──The Gospel of the Lord
Hello Chinese Friends
My name is Katherine and I am speaking to you from the United States of America.
The sentence from the Gospel passage we will focus on today read at normal reading speed is:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.
The above passage is extremely important in understanding how Jesus Christ saves us.
It shows how the people were believing in Jesus as their awaited king because of His preaching and the miracles he had performed and so were singing his praises and treating Him as the King they believed him to be.
But, as the passage also states, Christ was not a human King, but rather as St. Augustine says “Christ was not the King of Israel, to exact a tribute, and to command armies, but to direct souls, and bring them to the kingdom of heaven.”
Ultimately, Our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from evil, to help us live our lives as God wants.
He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Following Him as our King will give us the freedom to live in God’s will and truly become who He wants us to be.
God Bless you Chinese friends - may you have a very Blessed Holy Week and Easter. My prayers are with you always.