Equus asinus rules!


Sent in by a reader. I couldn’t resist. A bit of humor in these times is always a good thing. My only difficulty is using “ass” as in “Jack Ass” (Equus Asinus) as that which is derogatory. Donkeys, in mnsho, are intelligent not stubborn, and always with the Holy Family, and they can sing, and they are humorous.

Since we are now fully on our way to Palm Sunday and the glorious ever so humble entrance into Jerusalem of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, it is now time to put up again G.K. Chesterton’s poetry on the matter:

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.

Meanwhile, Saint Augustine said: “Asinus es, sed Christum portas.”

Saint Augustine donkey icon

I could go on about Alexamenos and Jackass for the Hour

Anyway, I hope to put up today’s homily about the temptations put to our Lord by Satan later today. Not what you might expect methinks.


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5 responses to “Equus asinus rules!

  1. nancyv

    Looking forward to your “not what me thinks” homily. I memorized The Donkey in your honor and also because I just liked the words. and ohhhh, how I would love to revisit Alexamenos and THAT story!

  2. sanfelipe007

    A reminder to all, that the poetry above can be sung to the tune of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”
    I look forward to your Homily, Father. A short aside:
    Our Bishop requested that all Communicants receive in the hand, that we do not hold hands during the Our Father, and that we make no contact during the Sign of Peace.
    Mass this morning saw the Priest omit the Sign of Peace altogether.

  3. sanfelipe007

    I forgot to mention that that he recommended that founts* be drained of Holy Water, but Our church did not participate in that measure.
    *not just Baptismal fountains, but also the holy water receptacles at the entrances.

  4. Anne Maliborski

    I like your artwork of a donkey carrying Christ. Is that yours? Did someone paint it for you?

  5. Hurrah for all equids especially equus asinus. Even their voice is an ancient and beautiful song. It is no wonder that Christ chose one for transport into Jerusalem (though He is to return on a white horse)

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