Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
29th March 2015
Honoured by St. Vincent Ferrer
The first point
today is about the honour and solemnity which the Jews
showed. In the temple they praised and blessed Christ coming
into the city of Jerusalem, where he was received honourably
with great joy and festivity. Very remarkable. I find that
Christ came to Jerusalem often and for many reasons, and
there was never any celebration nor honour given like today.
Christ first came to
Jerusalem for the Presentation, fifty days after his birth,
when the Virgin Mary presented him in the temple. We do not
read that there was a solemn reception then, except that
Simeon and Anna adored him. He was tiny, and the procession
was tiny. But his body grew, and his compassion grew, and
the time came when he was no longer carried in the arms of
the Virgin, but on the back of an ordinary donkey, not to be
redeemed with (sacrificed) doves, but he would redeem all
men by his blood.
Second, Christ came
to the city of Jerusalem for debating, when he was twelve
years old. There was no celebration for him at that time.
Third, he came for prayer. In accord with the law, he would
come to Jerusalem for every feast day, and would enter the
temple. Fourth, he came to stamp out sins and notorious
vices, because the high priests by their greed had made of
the temple a house of business (John 2). Nor was there any
celebration for him then. Fifth, he came to preach, often,
because that city was a metropolis and the capital of the
province. Sixth, he came to reveal his divinity by working
miracles, healing the sick, raising the dead. Not even then
was there a celebration. Seventh, he came for sacrificing
himself. Today he wished to enter Jerusalem, (the place)
where he should suffer for the redemption of the human race.
Then there was a great festival for him and a solemnity
consists in six circumstances or ceremonies which were done
First, because he
wished to enter riding. It is not read anywhere that Christ
ever rode an animal. Only today, when he entered Jerusalem.
The second ceremony is that he wished today to enter
Jerusalem in a procession, because a great crowd preceded
him and followed him. The third circumstance is that the
entire route from the Mount of Olives up to Jerusalem was
covered. The fourth ceremony consisted of the tree branches.
The fifth was because he wished to be praised and blessed
both by the great as well as by the small.