Salvation doesn’t necessarily fit our expectations.
During Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a colt, he is greeted as the Messiah by the crowds, who cry, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Save us, they pray: they hope for salvation. And Jesus will save them, all of them, but not the way they anticipate. Salvation doesn’t fit their expectations.
The salvation that Jesus offers is salvation from sins, not from Roman occupiers – it is the salvation, not of the land they covet, but of their very core. And he saves, how? First, by their public execution of his human person: they seek and take his life; they push salvation forward by crucifying their Messiah. More importantly, he gives his life, and it is this, his gift, that transforms their efforts. Salvation doesn’t fit their expectations.
Does it fit yours?
This post is based on Fr. Pat's Scripture class.
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