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The Rev. Kyle Wallace: “Never Too Good for a Borrowed Donkey”

April 23, 2011

From the Church of the Good Shepherd in North Carolina we have a remarkable audio sermon by the Rev. Kyle Wallace, titled Never Too Good for a Borrowed Donkey, which was preached for Palm Sunday.  In this message, based largely on Philippians 2, Fr. Wallace points out that Jesus’ riding a borrowed donkey into Jerusalem was an act of ultimate humility, leading to an act of ultimate obedience – His death on the Cross. He ties this into Philippians 2 by asking, among other things: if we truly do “have the same mind in us as was in Christ Jesus”, do we, can we, will we have the same humility and the same obedience as He did?

He further points out that the borrowed donkey was an actual donkey: Jesus did not just think about riding that donkey; he actually rode it, in obedience to His Father and to fulfill His mission.  In the same way, we must obey God in actuality – not just think about it.  If you have time, this is quite a good sermon for Holy Week.

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