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. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Food for Thought:
When I read this passage, I think of the word humility. Humility is often seen as the act or posture, of lowering oneself in relation to others, or conversely, having a clear perspective, and therefore respect, for one’s place in context. Humility is an attribute that isn’t valued much in our society. Instead, arrogance, pomp, showiness, and haughtiness are valued in our society. When I think back about some of the most influential people in my life, the one attribute that they had in common was humility.
We give you thanks, O God of compassion, for the salvation you have revealed to the little ones
through Christ Jesus, our wisdom and strength. Teach us to take up his gentle yoke and find rest from our burdens and cares. In your precious name we pray, Amen.