Palm Sunday by Octavio Ocampo
As Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem, he sent two of the disciples with these instructions: "Go into the village straight ahead of you. Upon entering you will find an ass tied there, which no one has yet ridden. Untie it and lead it back" (Luke 19:30)
They led the animal back to Jesus and laying their cloaks on it helped him mount. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread reeds that they had cut in the fields. Those preceding him as well as those who followed cried out:
"Blessed is he who comes as king in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" (Luke 19:38)
In his vision of Palm Sunday, Octavio Ocampo captures the grandeur and glory of Christ' s entry into Jerusalem. In addition, Ocampo's artistic mastery enables us to see into the face of Christ, allowing us to experience the peace and vision that have humbled all those who would walk in his footsteps.
Christ' s face is full of power and resolve, as he looks out at us through time and space. He knows each of us as no one else can, and reminds us of his eternal love as he enters Jerusalem and the most difficult part of his ministry.
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