Palm Sunday

27 Mar 2023 | Jesus Christ | 0 comments

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon thorn,

Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born.


And monstrous head and sickening cry

And ears like errant wings,

And devil’s walking parody

On all four-footed things.


The tattered outlaw of the earth,

Of ancient crooked will;

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.


G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Notes from the Compiler

Palm crosses used to be blessed as a protection against the devil, but are now distributed to worshipers as symbols of the victory of Christ: 'It is finished!' Andi Brough told me that this is her favourite poem. She feels 'the donkey swelling with pride' as s/he remembers the day when the one who could have ridden a handsome war-horse into Jerusalem chose to ride on a ridiculous 'beast of burden'. It was Jesus Christ our Lord. The poet was a Christian apologist who said, 'The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found too difficult and not tried!' Baptised as an Anglican, Chesterton became a Roman Catholic in 1922 at the age of 48, believing it 'is the only thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.'


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