What a marvelous thing it is: here we are in the Twenty-first Century, a modern, scientific age, and we gather in our churches to remember the day Christ got on a donkey and rode into Jerusalem! Several hundred-people rejoiced to see Him, waved branches of trees, put cloaks on His path and shouted: “Hosanna, Son of David. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.”
He seemed such an insignificant figure, riding on a donkey. A few days later, Roman soldiers arrested Him and brought Him to trial for sedition. He was found guilty and crucified on a cross and buried. One would think the world would quickly forget such an incident as that.
But Christ is still riding on! After two thousand years, people still sing ‘Hosanna” to Him, study His teachings, still try to live His way of life, still recognize His way is the only way to save themselves and the world, still proclaim Him Lord and King. People by the millions all over the corners of the earth call themselves by His name. They love Him and serve Him. And we, today, join in the chorus which hails Jesus as our King and Master.
Today we Christians testify to the world that we have a King with spiritual rather than material power. His Kingdom is not of this world. We are not forced to have Him as our Master, we freely choose to obey and love Him.
Church ritual today preserves some of the joy involved in that symbolic ride. Palms are blessed on this day and distributed to the faithful. They, in turn, keep these mementos in their homes – perpetual reminders of their Kind and the suffering He bore for them. Yes, Christ is still King and rides on in glory!
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin - Cliffwood, NJ