April 9th, 2006


Art on Sunday: Christ Entering Jerusalem

Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267 – c. 1337)
Christ Entering Jerusalem, c. 1305
Giotto, Christ Entering Jerusalem
Capella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

From the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 21, verses 1-11:

As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. "Go into the village over there," he said, "and you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, `The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately send them." This was done to fulfill the prophecy,

"Tell the people of Israel,
   'Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey--
   even on a donkey's colt.' "

The two disciples did as Jesus said. They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting,

"Praise God for the Son of David!  Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Praise God in highest heaven!"

The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he entered. "Who is this?" they asked. And the crowds replied, "It's Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."