In the triumphant entry into Jerusalem portrayed in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is adorned with the standard symbols of a Roman procession: the crowds, evoking bread and circuses; the donkey, a mockery of Caesar Augustus who elevated his stallion to the rank of consul; the gossip in the city, “who is this,” evoking the image of a rising star, a general returning to Rome in victory, suddenly thrust onto center stage.
But unlike other generals, Jesus did not enter the city to win its favor, but to destroy it through his defeat, transferring all power and victory to the throne of his Father.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 21:6-11.
Episode 347 Matthew 21:6-11; Music:
The Path of the Goblin King by Kevin MacLeod