... In the [procession] he is welcomed to Jerusalem as a just king and savior, in the other he is thrown out of the city as a criminal, condemned as an imposter. In the one he is mounted on an ass and accorded every mark of honor; in the other he hangs on the wood of the cross, torn by whips, pierced with wounds, and abandoned by his own. If, then, we want to follow our leader without stumbling through prosperity and through adversity, let us keep our eyes upon him, honored in the procession, undergoing ignominy and suffering in the passion, yet unshakably steadfast in all such changes of fortune.
Lord, Jesus you are the joy and salvation of the whole world; whether we see you seated on an ass or hanging on the cross, let each one of us bless and praise you, so that when we see you reigning on high we may praise you forever and ever, for to you belong praise and honor throughout all ages. Amen."
~ From Sermon 3 on Palm Sunday by
12th century Cistercian father,
Blessed Guerric of Igny