In the Lectionary

April 9, Liturgy of the Palms

Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29; Matthew 21:1–11

Read the author's column on the liturgy of the Passion.

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, he engages in one of the most effective forms of protest: taking well-understood symbols and reappropriating them.

First, Jesus appropriates the symbols of the king. As he and his disciples draw near to the holy city, Jesus instructs his disciples to procure two beasts—a donkey and a colt—in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9: