What Really Counts

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12 January, 2023




The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David!' 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' 'Hosanna in the highest!' Matthew 21:9

The excellence of a man lies in the perfection of his human nature. God made him with powers no other being possesses and gave him a physical body through which to express these powers fruitfully. An automobile has another and a different excellence; it can add nothing to the glory of the man.

Our Lord, riding into Jerusalem on the back of a humble beast, lost nothing of the majesty that was His as the world's most perfect man; conversely, a little, selfish, frightened man gains no dignity from the expensive and shiny steel monster in which he rides. That he feels greater only accents his feebleness; that he acts as if he were greater only reveals more clearly the basic error in his total life philosophy. He accepts as real the illusion that he is more powerful, when in fact the power lies outside of him. His imagined excellence is the excellence of a piece of machinery, something he must share with the little dog that sits beside him with his head out the window.

The whole point is that human excellence consists in the perfection of human nature. Things cannot enter men to make them better or more worthy. "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." Only the God who made man's nature in the first place can remake it after the divine image.


Christ might have flown into Jerusalem on a helicopter or driven in a Mercedes Benz but He comes riding on the colt of a donkey. Little pizzazz but symbolic of Davidic royalty. What counts is the one who is transported not the mode of transportation!


It is my relationship to You, Lord, that counts; not those things that clutter my life.