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ON PALM Sunday, Christians celebrate the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt and the crowds greeted him with palm branches, crying "Hosanna", which means "Save now" (Mark 11).

The crowds expected him to drive the Romans out of Palestine. People of importance rode in chariots or at least on horseback, so by riding on a colt Jesus showed that he was not a political saviour, but a spiritual saviour and the way of spiritual salvation is through humility.

A few days later, at the Last Supper, Jesus gave a further display of humility when He washed His disciples' feet (John 13), a menial task normally performed by a servant. He told them that they should do this for each other.

These are two good lessons to reflect on whenever we feel tempted towards self-importance.

Terri Whitaker, terripwhitaker@
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2011
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