Hosanna to the Son of David!

Psalm 20:7

Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;
but we boast of the name of the LORD our God.

With the exception of a few salad days during the Davidic dynasty, Israel was never great shakes in the Political Clout department.  They went from being nomads, to slaves, to farmers, to a kingdom which was the size of Maine at its height, and which subsequently got trampled by a succession of foreign dominations till it was squashed out of existence altogether.  Then, it was miraculously restored for a few centuries (till the coming of Messiah Jesus) and, shortly thereafter, it was smashed completely.  Why?  Because the danger of politics, of that complicated jugglery of chariots and horses, is that it makes it incredibly easy to think that power, statecraft, economics, military might and all that rot are the Main Event—especially when you succeed at it.  Israel was never allowed to succeed at it.  Consequently, Israel was prepared to receive the fullness of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ, who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and not on a horse and chariot.  Today, join the throng that welcomed the son of David and say “Hosanna!” not to the schemes of power but to the humility of God.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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