Gospel – Mark 11: 1-10

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ reply,
‘The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.’”
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them,
“What are you doing, untying the colt?”
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!”

Reflection on the Gospel

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

The master has need of it.  What a blessed colt!  I can imagine the joy it felt knowing that the Son of God, master of the universe, needed it.  What joy would fill my heart if this were said to me.  Just a moment.  If the Lord of heaven and earth can make use of a lowly colt, might he also make use of me?  I offer myself to him to use as he would wish.

Reflection Questions

1.  Do I think I can actually be of use to Jesus?
2.  What does he want of me?
3.  Spend some moments praising Jesus: Hosanna!  Hosanna in the highest!

St. John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.