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Ancient Wisdom Taught in a Modern Way!
on an Ass:
Metaphysical Meaning of Palm Sunday
This I saw, or else some inner presence made it known to me;
Universe is filled with life; the air, the sky, the sea
with intelligence, with majesty and might;
deep within me, some subtle inner sight
and sees, comprehends and knows the All,
fears nor falters, but answers the Divine Call
be as one beyond the bounds of time and space,
overcome the bondage of the human race,
leap, with trust undaunted, free,
the deeps of that Infinite Sea
waters, calm, are ready to receive
who in simple faith, believe. 1/
Palm Sunday teaches
G. Stackhouse Jr.
in on an Ass: The Metaphysical Meaning of Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is the day the Christian church remembers Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. According to the Bible, this day Jesus was hailed as King of the Jews was most literally predicted by the prophet, Zechariah, when he wrote,
this part of the story is in all four of the Gospels. The apostles apparently
did not understand why they had to do this, but at this point, they didn't
question Jesus much because he was healing people and raising the dead--so if he
said to do something, they did it. They went out, found a colt of a donkey, and
brought it to him. Again, in all four of the Gospels it is stated that the
reason he did this was so the scriptures would be fulfilled.
had been prophesied that the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on the colt of a
here is something really interesting. It
wasn't that this just happened naturally, and it wasn't how Jesus wanted to go
into Jerusalem. It was that Jesus, being the religious scholar, realized what
was expected of him and he simply surrendered into it.
might have said to himself, "Oh, it's written that I'm supposed to do this
so let's just be on with it and do it. Bring me that colt!" If you read the
Gospel, it is described just like that. He did it only because it had been
prophesied. As a religious scholar he would have, of course, known of this
prophecy. You find this frequently in many stories in the Bible. The people in
the Bible were very hip to prophecy and the fulfillment of prophecy was
considered to be a demonstration of Truth.
Failing to surrender to prophecy would be the same as saying “I refuse
to live into the destiny foretold by the still small voice within me.” Jesus fulfilled the prophecies not because it happened
naturally but because he knew what they were and so he just did it. He
surrendered to it. This surrender
was an act of the deepest sort of faith. Imagine
if your still small voice told you to ride into town on the colt of an ass?
Now ask yourself this: What would the equivalent act be in your life?
this make you think of how we rebel against being told what to do? Most of us
don’t like being directed, instructed, or guided.
We want to be the boss of me. And
you have to ask if this is this how you are going to listen to the still small
voice within you?
intuition is the voice of God; it is the prophet within, it knows before
anything else knows.
There are a couple of reasons why Jesus rode into Jerusalem on ass, and
while I am telling you what they are, I would like to you to consider whether or
not you would be willing to do the equivalent of this act of faith in your
relationship with the Divine.
first reason is, that Jesus was able to surrender to the image people expected
of him, not necessarily the image that Jesus found natural, but the image that
people wanted, that the prophets wanted. Translating this metaphysically, “the
image” is the good that is within you, rather than all that stuff you could be
doing instead of expressing this good, such as the worries, doubts and fears
about yourself. It is the Divine
royalty of your birth. This is like surrendering to being the beloved child of
Divine parentage. It is as if you
were saying that the same parents that were Jesus' parents are my parents. It is
saying yes to the “Christhood that you were born into.” It is the
recognition of your true self and the origin of your being.
the prophets wanted their Messiah to ride into Jerusalem in a very humble way.
There is a no more humble way to ride into Jerusalem than on the colt of an ass.
I'm sure that was considered the most humble way you could do it.
Imagine that! How silly would he have looked? Jesus was willing to do that.
He was willing to take on the trappings of humility because that was what people
expected of him. He didn't fight it.
metaphysical meaning here is this: If
you know how the Law of Mind works and you resist it, the Law continues to work
and it will mirror back to you your resistance. There is a law in the universe and you can use it.
This will not change, that's why they call it the law.
It is you, and the use that you put the Law to that has to change.
In other words, you have to surrender to the way it works!
in front of Jesus and also the people that followed behind Him, shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!" Remember earlier I said that the colt
of an ass was a sign of Davidian royalty. "Blessed is he who comes in the
name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" Hosanna means
"God saves." These folks
were looking for Jesus to save them from the way that their lives were.
They were unhappy, dissatisfied, the wanted hope.
Luke's gospel, the Pharisees in the crowd wanted Jesus to rebuke the crowd for
calling Jesus by these terms that would have acknowledged Him as their promised
Messiah, but Jesus told them, according to Luke 19:40:
"If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
This is how deeply Jesus witnessed their hope for a way out of their
sorrow and oppression. We are never
alone in our pain.
to Matthew 25, Jesus said "Come, you who are blessed by My Father, take you
inheritance." What was the inheritance he was offering?
knew that he was soon to be killed by the Romans.
What did he have left to offer that has people saying his name with the
deepest reverence on this Palm Sunday?
was saying that now is the time, not later, today is the day to humbly allow
yourself to ride in on an ass, to be a frustrating person when necessary.
Yes, you are the Divine child of God, and don’t forget, so is everybody
else! Being humble is natural when
everyone is your peer. Like Jesus, you can accept the tribute, but know what he
knew; it is not wise to be swayed by such expressions or to let the agendas of
others determine your course. Accept
tributes gratefully; continue to do your right work.
When someone tells you something complimentary about yourself, say
“Thank you. It is so very kind of
you to appreciate that about me.”
was in a seminar once where the leader asked the question “Who likes to be of
service to others, who likes to contribute to life?”
Nearly everyone in the place raised his or her hands.
Everyone wants to help, to give us a good word, a hand up when we slip.
Then the leader asked, “Who here likes to be helped?”
Only 3 or 4 hands out of over a hundred were raised.
How in the world can we be anything less than frustrated with 100 people
each of them trying to help the same 3-4 willing recipients?
We all can open ourselves to contribution the way the Jesus did. Those disciples helped Jesus get his job done and carried on
Jesus mission when he was gone. Where
can we do this in our lives? Can we
be humble enough to allow another to give us a hand? Does not such humility result in the deepest Joy?
Think of how you felt the last time you were able to help someone.
Wasn’t it the most wonderful gift?
This is a spiritual partnership; similar to the partnership we can have
with God. God is always there.
We depend on that Presence for life itself.
This is much like the partnership that practitioners have with their
prayer partners. Practitioners
stand for the perfection in you when you cannot remember how to stand for it
yourself. In prayer, your
practitioner is trained to mirror the Power of Spirit.
we allow God to guide us through our days we commit to a partnership with God.
Much like Jesus when he surrendered to the idea of riding into Jerusalem on an
ass, we must surrender some control and we do this in deep faith.
A faith that tells us that God is good and has the power to remove our
fear and to guide us through each and everything we were going to do today
anyway. You are going to go to work
tomorrow. Why not go with God?
You are going to drive your car, why not drive with God.
According to the Bible, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass he knew that he was going to die on Friday. He did not flinch. He did not turn back. Jesus Christ knew that he was eternal and he knew that he was forever in the loving embrace of his divine origins. He surrendered his doubts and his fears to his Father. Those who would kill him had no idea how their plans would backfire. Paraphrasing Ralph Waldo Emerson “What we are speaks so loudly that sometimes it is hard to hear us.” Choose today to co-create your life with God. Choose today to live a life that is powered by Love, the same fearless Love that flowed through Jesus flows through you. Recognize it. Claim it. Spread it around, it multiplies upon contact. There is no shortage of good. There is a power in the universe, greater than we are, and we can use it.
PEACE BE UNTO THEE, STRANGER
is the way that Jesus lived. He was not afraid, he lived in Love and so can you.
NOTHING CAN HINDER
can hinder my Word from working;
will work, and nothing can stop it.
word is the Law unto that thing whereunto it is spoken, and will become
fulfilled in the right way and at the right time.
Word is complete and perfect, and is the presence and the
of the One Mind that is in and through all.
speak that Word and know that it will accomplish.
wait in perfect confidence for the Word to fulfill itself in my life.
Word is law.
you for being here today.
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