By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 9, ‘Hosanna!’
As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the people shout, ‘Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ The word hosanna remains untranslated in most Bibles. In Today’s English version, it is translated ‘praise God!’ And that is how most of us in the pews understand it–as a cry of adoration. But hosanna is a Hebrew word, and in the Old Testament it is often translated ‘save us’ or ‘deliver us.’ It is a reference to how God will liberate God’s people from enemies, usually political oppressors. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the people entreat him, ‘Save us! …Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! In the name of God, save us!’ Jesus was recognized by them as the coming messiah, God’s chosen political leader, who would save them from yet another politically and religiously oppressive empire. His entry into Jerusalem was the beginning of a revolution.
Prayer Hosanna, Lord! Blessings on the one who brings the kingdom and the revolution of love!