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9th July 2017 - 14th Sunday of the Year A

posted 7 Jul 2017, 14:23 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B. & Hw.


Messianic expectations are part of the human psyche. The

evidence is in the inspired literature from the Book of

Genesis to the Book of Revelation. And so Jesus enters

Jerusalem on a colt.

Messianic expectations survive both political and religious

collapse. "When your days are fulfilled and you lie down

with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you,

who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish

his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I

will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." (2

Sam. 7:12-13). And so Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt.

Our Messianic expectations are being fulfilled. The Lord

keeps his word. "The days are surely coming, says the

Lord, when I will raise up for David, a righteous Branch,

and he shall reign as king and deal wisely and shall execute

justice and righteousness in the land." (Jer. 23:5) And

Jesus' powerful victory is expressed through humility.

Jesus' self-description is 'for I am gentle and humble of

heart.' Gentleness and humility are Jesus' Messianic

credentials. We really, do have a Messiah. And Jesus

enters Jerusalem on a colt.

We note Jesus' prayer of thanks for hiding 'these things

from the wise and the intelligent' and having "revealed

them to infants" (Mall. 11:25) "These things" are the

Messianic expectations but it takes a new mind to perceive


the meaning of "these things", of Jesus' healing ministry,

whereby the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk. It

means we have our Messiah right here, right now. The

proclamation to the poor and the miraculous deeds are all

the proof we need if we have the mindset for this kind of

evidence. And so Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt.

As St. Paul reminds us, the earthbound person left to

unaided individual ability will not get the point in a month

of Sundays. Such a one will not so much have Messianic

expectations dashed; he will not even recognise his

Messianic expectations for what they really are. And we

are only liberated from such spiritual insensitivity by the

Spirit herself.

The Spirit indwells the Christian believer and this

indwelling makes all the difference. We recognise our

Messianic expectations for what they really are. We

identify and perceive the Messiah in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Lack of reception of Jesus' Messiahship is the issue today,

as it always has been, both inside and outside the Church.

John spells out the truth for us, "But these (signs) are

written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the

Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you

may have life in his name." (John 20:31). And so Jesus

enters Jerusalem on a colt.