A psalm for Palm Sunday

King Jesus
why did you choose
a lowly ass
to carry you
to ride in your parade?
Had you no friend
who owned a horse
— a royal mount with spirit
fit for a king to ride?
Why choose an ass
small unassuming
beast of burden
trained to plow
not carry kings.

King Jesus
why did you choose
me
a lowly unimportant person
to bear you
in my world today?
I’m poor and unimportant
trained to work
not carry kings
— let alone the King of Kings
and yet you’ve chosen me
to carry you in triumph
in this world’s parade.
King Jesus
keep me small
so all may see
how great you are
keep me humble
so all may say
Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord
not what a great ass he rides.

Joseph Bayly

Psalms of My Life

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2 thoughts on “A psalm for Palm Sunday

  1. mother says:

    There’s nothing like a bit of Joseph Bayly. Except maybe a bit of GK. Reading him (JB) makes me instantly remember lots of things about my younger days, when I first discovered him, and when we lived in his daughter’s apartment while you were little.

  2. mother says:

    Actually, it was his son’s apartment, now that I think about it. The memory is not perfect.

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