By entering Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus shows his humility. By clearing the Temple, Jesus shows his authority. Only a truly humble person can have real authority. As we enter the drama of Holy Week, Jesus sets out his stall. He enters the city as King Solomon had done before him, on a donkey, thereby claiming to be the new King of the Jews. He lays claim to the temple and all that is in it, making himself the object of the veneration that goes on there. Jesus is laying out his position for all to see....and the Pharisees hate him for it!