FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER!
”The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an donkey’s colt!’ His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him.” (Jn 12: 12-16)
Here is the full text of the prophecy of Zechariah, written ca. five-and-a-half centuries before the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, and referred to by the Evangelist John above: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech 9: 9)
Who is the “daughter” of Zion/Jerusalem? It is all of us, as Church, as the “daughter” of Jerusalem, the city in which God chose to “re-create” us in the New Life brought to us in His resurrected Son. So let us all “rejoice” and “fear not” today, as we “behold” our humble King “coming” to us, whether we are already celebrating Christ’s “exit” from the Tomb, or His “entrance” into Jerusalem. He both enters and exits our darkness as He wills, for us, that we may also “enter” and “exit” the darknesses of our existence in His way; not in fear but in faith, in the New Life we receive in and with Him. Today I replace fear with faith, nay, with joy, because I can; because I, too, am a beloved “daughter of Jerusalem.” Glory be, Lord, to Your honorable Cross and Resurrection!