The sky is bright on this warm day - the first day of the week. At the entrance to the holy city of Jerusalem near Bethpage on the Mount of Olives a crowd begins to gather. Soon someone shouts: "He is coming!" With a flurry of activity the people begin to tear branches off the nearby trees and spread their cloaks on the road as a man in the company of some friends enters the city astride a donkey. Cheers erupt: "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they shout. "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" The crowd is going wild with adulation for this man and when asked by some bystanders who it is they tell them it is the prophet from Nazareth - Jesus by name. The frenzy of the crowd continues prompting some of the Pharisees to call out to this Jesus that he should rebuke his disciples and tell them to be silent. His response: "I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!"Obviously the crowd is expecting much from this man - the one that some feel is the long awaited Messiah expected by Israel. This day is a day of triumph; their leader, the one upon whom they pin their hopes for Israel is among them. Then what does he do? He enters the precinct of the temple - the most sacred place in Judaism. He sees moneychangers and others selling goods within the temple precinct and his righteous anger comes forth. He takes a whip made of cords and begins to overturn the tables of the moneychangers and reminds them of the Scripture passage that says "My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves." He then leaves the city to return the next day to begin to teach the people within the temple precincts. His authority is challenged by the temple leaders but he proceeds by way of parables to bring God's message to the people. He issues fiery condemnations to the leaders - the Scribes and Pharisees - whom he calls hypocrites for a number of reasons. The stage is being set for the climax of the drama by which Jesus will be condemned and finally meet his death.
source: A Servant's Message: Words From A Catholic Deacon