Commentary on the Gospel of



Popularity is a fickle goddess:  the crowd that cheered “Hosanna!” to Jesus were crying “Crucify him!” a few days later.  Jesus went through both.  The rest of us, with few exceptions, would settle for just Hosanna!  Popularity looks like glory, and it is a kind of gory:  someone called it “glory’s small change.”  There is the personality type described as ‘the pleaser’.  Such a person will never challenge you; they rely too much on your good opinion of them.  But it backfires; most people would prefer that you said what you thought.  “He more had pleased us had he pleased us less.”


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