Voce mea ad Dominum

Random thoughts from an amateur theologist.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Hosanna filio David!

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass. - Zechariah 9:9

If there is a common theme in the life of Christ it is humility, and he best expressed that humility through obedience to his Father's will. Born in a cave and laid in a manger. Submitting to baptism by St. John the Baptist. Triumphantly riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Washing the feet of his disciples at the last supper. Enduring agony in Gethsemene, scourging, crowning with thorns, and crucifixion. The scandal of it all is quite a stumbling block, even to this day.

Such is the mystery of God's love, that the greatest power of the universe humbly submits to the judgment of his creatures. Reviled, spat upon, mocked, and utterly rejected, he is lifted up on the cross and draws all mankind to himself. Through his humble death we all have abundant life.

Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis.
Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum, et dedit illi nomen, quod est super omne nomen.


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