14th Sunday of Year A
Sunday July 5, 2026The readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A encourage us to praise God for all of the blessings in our lives. Prayer, especially praise, relationship with Jesus, and letting go of our burdens are all possible themes for this weekend's readings. Here are some ideas.
We hear in our first reading from the prophet Zechariah. This post-exilic figure is trying to reassure the people that their Messiah will come and will restore their fortunes. But then he specifies the nature and quality of this hero: he will enter Jerusalem, not on an Arabian charger, but on the foal of a donkey--and he will effectively disarm the nation, destroying horse and chariot! What could this possibly mean? No one really knew until a young rabbi, some five hundred years later, rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey and mounted the victorious throne of a Roman cross.