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Matthew 21:1-21 (NRSV)

1 When they were near Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

2 saying to them, "Go to the village facing you, and you will at once find a tethered donkey and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.

3 If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, "The Master needs them and will send them back at once."

4 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:

5 Say to the daughter of Zion: Look, your king is approaching, humble and riding on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus had told them.

7 They brought the donkey and the colt, then they laid their cloaks on their backs and he took his seat on them.

8 Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in his path.

9 The crowds who went in front of him and those who followed were all shouting: Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens!

10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil as people asked, "Who is this?"

11 and the crowds answered, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."


John 12:1-3, 9-16 (NRSV)

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead.

2 They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table.

3 Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was filled with the scent of the ointment...


9 Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead.

10 Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well,

11 since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.

12 The next day the great crowds of people who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

13 They took branches of palm and went out to receive him, shouting: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel"

14 Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it -- as scripture says:

15 Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion, look, your king is approaching, riding on the foal of a donkey.

16 At first his disciples did not understand this, but later, after Jesus had been glorified they remember that this had been written about him and that this was what had happened to him.

 

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