What a spectacle. The crowd is not to control, shouting, screaming. People throw their clothes on the dust of the road, “Hosanna, blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

They make way for the one who sits on a colt and enters Jerusalem. What a symbolic staging! Jesus lets himself bring a colt of a donkey by the disciples and rides like a king to Jerusalem, as it is described in the prophet Zechariah 9:9:

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

But what kind of a king? A king without war horse, a king without crown, a king with no clothes, a king without a castle. What must that be for a kingdom? A king on a donkey, a king with a crown of thorns, a naked king, a king with a castle in the air.

We remember that the especial task for Jesus was to proclaim the dawning kingdom of God. Be it by words or deeds. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mk 1:15)

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his appearance in front of the people has something of a performance. He speaks most likely from the kingdom of God in riddles: “so that people do not understand him” (Mt 13:10-17), his disciples understand him anyway, that is what Jesus assumes, when he speaks of God’s kingdom, or of heaven on earth.

If you want to see God’s kingdom, you have to stop thinking like adults with the head, but

you have to think like a child with your heart. Then you even recognize God.

Don’t you see how simple all is? God is in your midst. You yourselves are heaven on earth.The simplest, the obvious is too complicated for the “big” and “smart” adults who have settled in the world. Because they have money and power they cannot realize God. (Volker Schunck)

 

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