We begin our celebration by recalling the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, cloaks and palm branches covering His pathway...
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
This is what we proclaim at each Mass, as we move to the altar and prepare to receive the particular triumphal entry that is the Eucharist. Indeed, we can understand the Eucharist as a “triumphal entry” of Jesus.
During our Eucharistic celebration, our King comes to us, reigning as He does, as only He does. How does He reign? He reigns in and with love. Loving implies giving oneself. Jesus is King in laying down His life for us, for “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Indeed, “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
Jesus comes not to reign by “lord it over us.” (Cf. Matthew 20:25) Jesus comes to reign from within, not from without, in our hearts. This is not always easy to grasp, for such is not really the case with worldly kings. Moreover, kings normally do not die. This king dies. Jesus dies in order fully to exercise his kingship. Divine love knows no bounds.
In His love,