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. —lay out cloaks and branches (Mark doesn’t speak of palm branches, that’s in John 12).
Perhaps there is the need to let the full measure of the Good News to soak in, to permeate the community, so that when the time came they would recognize that the kingdom had truly come into their midst.Why Jesus needs to do this may result from his recognition that it’s easy to misunderstand the message.With the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birth and legacy fresh in our minds, it is worth reflecting on how his famed “I have a dream” speech has been used to sustain the status quo.One commentator points out that it’s quite possible that the animal is so small that Jesus’ feet would be dragging on the ground. Not only that, the people start shouting: “Hosanna!Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Sometimes we like to think of things like this as spontaneous, but Jesus knew what he was doing.