Psalms: 24, 29, 103
Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9-12; 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9
New Testament: 1 Timothy 6:12-16
Gospel: Matthew 21:12-17

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

You might not know this but Handel’s Messiah was originally performed in theatres during Lent and Holy Week….as an over-view of the divine drama of the prophets’ foretelling, the Messiah’s birth and miracles, and the whole composition reaching it’s crescendo with the Passion narrative and the Resurrection.

Today we have started our journey down that road. To that time and place immortalized in the hearts and minds of Christians….where they are greeted with an unfamiliar King. A king who comes not with riches or dressed in fine clothes….but in simple rags and offering His very self.

His kingship is one that is vastly different to the ones we are used to….even democratic leaderships. I think it highly unlikely that Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff or Jack Layton would lay down their lives so that we might live. That’s not how politics work. You need to stay alive… survive another day so that the people can vote for you.

That’s not to say that Jesus’ agenda is any less provocative then those of our own day. Imagine being a Jewish peasant…going to the holiest place on Earth and finding people asking a fellow peasant to save them. Even worse, this is a dirty peasant who only a few moments later is causing disruption and chaos in the Temple. The very place where the LORD dwells.

Every Christian is invited into Jesus’ threefold ministry of priest, prophet, and king….but our diadem is not one adorned with jewels…it is pointed with thorns and although painful, has the potential to offer us new life and hope. I wonder–as we explore the Paschal mystery once more–whether we accept the gift, or turn it away. +