Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a celebration of Jesus’s entry toJerusalem. There are many peculiar things about this entry; perhaps the most obvious thing is that he rode a donkey. The peculiarity of his choice of steed (the Synoptic Gospels noted that he specifically asked for the donkey) may have escaped us, to whom the story has become too familiar. But of course a king, or any leader, riding a donkey is a peculiar thing. Can you imagine Aragorn entering Minas Tirith on a donkey’s back? I guess the Council of Gondor would not approve.
Many preachers and writers have noted this peculiarity, and expounded that riding a donkey perfectly befits a king who pronounced himself the servant of all. But one writer (who was famous for his own peculiarity) took an unusual point of view in his reflection: instead of writing about the king, he wrote about the poor beast. The poem ends with an allusion to the king’s choice, and how that choice had become the highlight of the donkey’s life.
by G.K. Chesterton
Source: Poems for All Purposes, G.K. Chesterton (author), S. Medcalf (editor).