April 2, What a difference a few years can make. Haider, of course, came under fire after making a series of foul remarks in which he downplayed the evil of the Nazi regime, defending those who took part in its crimes even as he sought to minimize the lethal nature of the Holocaust. As a result, Haider was roundly and justifiably condemned, and deemed unfit to serve in a position of power. Curiously, the same logic has yet to be applied to Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, even though his views on the Holocaust are even more odious and offensive.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven! What do we do with this triumphal parade when we know what will happen at the end of the week.
No, we could go a different direction on the Sunday before Easter. Still, the triumphal entry is important enough that all four Gospels record the event.
So maybe we need to attend to it, listening for a word for today. The setting is Jerusalem. Jesus is numbered among the many pilgrims coming to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
The city is alive with excitement. Celebrations will be held throughout the city.
The Temple will be the focal point. In one way, Jesus is just one figure in the crowd, except that he becomes the focus. Here comes, riding into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey. Mark seems to suggest that this is a rather well planned event.
Jesus sends a couple of his disciples to fetch this young donkey from a house nearby. Then they put their cloaks on the donkey, which Jesus mounts. But this is his mighty steed.
Not only that, the people start shouting: Sometimes we like to think of things like this as spontaneous, but Jesus knew what he was doing. What Jesus does here is act the part of the conquering hero. Do you remember the triumphal parades of Roman conquerors that we see portrayed in the movies like Cleopatra.
Caesar rides in on either a war horse or in a chariot, followed by his legions, as well as captives slaves. Of course, there is also a band.
There has to be a band! When the parade is over, you know who is in charge. Of course, not everyone is happy. Just ask Julius Caesar. Brutus and Cassius thought that Caesar was getting too big for his britches, so they cut him down to size by murdering him.
So, what was Jesus doing that first Palm Sunday? What message was he sending? Was he surprised by all the attention, or did he court it?
At least in Mark 11, it appears that Jesus had this well planned. People like parades, and if one starts people will gather. If people are shouting, you shout! If the crowd starts to follow the parade, so do you.
So, why did Jesus do this?As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from initiativeblog.com Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and the Holocaust (continued) January 11, UPDATE: ABU MAZEN (MAHMOUD ABBAS) AND HOLOCAUST DENIAL [Note by Tom Gross] The mountain of praise that has been heaped on Mahmoud Abbas Canterbury University recently issued an apology for having accepting a master’s thesis denying .
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