Donkeys on the day after Palm Sunday

donkey blessed sacrament

Have we forgotten donkeys? Perhaps. But, we can count on Gilbert Kieth…

palestinian donkeyTHE DONKEY by G. K. CHESTERTON

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The 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.

How soon we forget the glorious donkey, always in the midst of the Holy Family, whether in going from Nazareth to Bethlehem, to Egypt, all the way back to Nazareth, or bringing Jesus into Jerusalem. But the donkey in the poem reminds us lest we forget.


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3 responses to “Donkeys on the day after Palm Sunday

  1. nancyv

    one of my favorites! I have it glued on the back of a beautiful picture from our bulletin of years ago, a stained glassed picture of Jesus upon the ass. I keep it in my Bible to remind me…to humble me….to remind me of my love for donkeys 🙂

  2. elizdelphi

    Hail donkey, mighty meek steed of the King of Kings. Someone told me (I may have said this before… or did I read it here in the first place?) that in the Talmud or Mishnah or Maimonides or someplace it says that when the messiah comes he would enter Jerusalem on a white horse if he finds Israel faithful, but on a donkey if he finds them gone astray. To me, the beautiful Andalusian horse exists because bred by Catholic Christians (the Carthusians were famously significant breeders at the time when sale of fancy young riding horse stallions was a substantial money maker) to be the steed most fit for an earthly king. An Andalusian horse is the opposite of a donkey. The Carmelite rule specifies that they may not own horses but may have as many donkeys and mules as they need. Of course Jesus never rides a horse,but that is because we were all gone astray like sheep. So the Good Shepherd comes after us on His donkey. I think sometimes He looks like Fr Byers in Jenny the Jeep.

    • Father George David Byers

      As Saint Augustine said about me and every Catholic, “Asinus es sed portas Christum” (You’re a donkey, but you carry Christ).

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