I knew as soon as I read 'Pink Book' who the author of this could well be. And once again it's a good-un. He's right that, sometimes, the confusion and puzzlement around a liturgical presentation can be itself a proper reception. If there is enough in it, with multiple possibilities, or two (you do know, you don't know - did they?) then that's good enough on the day. In fact a little bit of puzzlement lasts longer than the day.
Still, the whole episode relies on the historical accident of the cruelty of the Romans, and their authorities' little thought for human life. It's not so much what Jesus did, but what the Romans did, and I'd rather guess Pilate didn't think about his signature, if he made one, for more than half a second for someone pretty much unknown and just another trouble maker.
So I'll have to see if I can get a copy of the Pink Book.
There's another biblical narrative with a donkey: Balaam and his ass ("Am I not thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day?" Numbers 22:30). I believe it's about the master/servant relationship. Due to a persistent cough, I am unable to attend my church's palm Sunday liturgy. Nevertheless, I'll be there as I am part of the story.
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