Gospel in pictures: Palm Sunday (C)
Today, we read the narrative of the Passion after saint Luke. Going by this evangelist, Jesus entering Jerusalem to a joyful palm parade and the passion narrative are mutually related even though the first part may sound exultant while the second one rather sounds humiliating.
Jesus enters Jerusalem as a messianic king, humble, peaceful, with a servant's attitude, not as temporal king using and abusing his power. The cross is the throne where He reigns from (He is not missing the royal crown!), by loving and forgiving. Luke's Gospel can, indeed, be summarized by saying it reveals Jesus' love made evident by his all encompassing mercy and forgiveness.