Sunday, April 5, 2009

For Palm Sunday: A favourite bit of Chesterton

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed-things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked wil:
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.



Tango said...

Copied from todays bulletin
Our Lady of the Cedars

Passion Week

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord ..... "

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.Though he was God, he humbled Himself to come among us as an embryo.
He was born in a stable and now he rides into Jerusalem on a donkey knowing He will be betrayed ,rejected an crucified.
Christ's Passion reminds us of how great his love is for us.
He humbled himself and willingly submitted to such tremendous suffering for us.
The Passion should remind us of our dignity and the dignity of each and every human being created in the likeness of God.
Cardinal John Henry Newman points out that even if you were the only sinner in the world ,Jesus would have undergone His passion just for you.
If we fail to appreciate our dignity in the eyes of God or sinful pride reject God in his commandments,then we will begin to evaluate others falsely by wealth , health ,prestige,outward appearance,size ,stage of development.
Many live as if there was no God or they make themselves like gods or claim rights that belong to God alone - who lives,who dies,interfering with God's plan for procreation through contraception,invitro fertilization,abortion,cloning and experimenting on human embryos,euthanasia or physician assisted suicide.
Ask God to help to recognize your dignity as a child of God who died for you.
Pray that God will help you yo protect the dignity of others,especially those most threatened.

FR.Peter West

Jane said...


Thank you. Sorry not to have responded sooner but it has just not been possible.

My prayers continue for you all and I keep my eye on April 24

That you have a holy Holy Week.
'In the wounds of Christ we find healing' Benedict XVI Passion Sunday 2009. Amen, so be it for you.

In Christo,

Clare A said...

You know we had to learn this poem in school! Not sure I can remember more than the first verse now though.

Jane said...


A shame, I trust in hindsight you'll agrree that the last stanza is the best!


Tango said...

"And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart,and there find him.For he departed,and behold,he is here."


Happy Easter and thank you for allowing my postings on your Blog!
May God Bless you and your family!

Jane said...


Thank you for your Easter prayers, which are most warmly reciprocated.

It is for me to thank YOU for commenting on my blog. Not the other way around!

I pray you and yours, a blessed and peaceful Eastertide.
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!