PALM SUNDAY — Year A

Blessing of the Palms/Procession Matthew 21:1-11

As they drew near Jerusalem, entering Beth-Phage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent off two disciples with the instructions, “Go into the village straight ahead of you and you will immediately find a tethered donkey and her colt with her.  Untie them and lead them back to me.  If anyone says a word to you, say, ‘The Rabbi needs them.’  Then they will let them go at once.”

This came about to fulfill what was said through the prophet,

“Tell the daughter of Zion, your sovereign comes to you without display riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

So the disciples went off and did what Jesus had ordered; they brought the donkey and the colt and laid their cloaks on them, and Jesus mounted.  Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while some began to cut branches from the trees and lay them along the path.  The crowds who went in front of Jesus and those who followed were all shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Most High!

Hosanna in the highest!”

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred to its depths, demanding, “Who is this?”  And the crowd kept answering, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

The Good News as spoken through Matthew.