Sunday March 29 2015 is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Year B
Sunday reflections – Today’s liturgy while presenting a picture of triumph, prepares us especially for the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. What Jesus experienced for us is a manifestation of God’s overwhelming love for each one of us.
Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 – When Jesus came into Jerusalum riding on an ass, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel.”
Is 50:4-7 – The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced
Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 – My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Phil 2:6-11 – Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.
Mk 14:1—15:47 – The plot to kill Jesus; The anointing; Betrayal; Passover; Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified; the crucifixion and death of Jesus
Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners
While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.
Jesus said, “she has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial.”
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”
Jesus said to Peter, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
In Gethsemane, Jesus prayed and asked his disciples to keep watch. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” He came and found them sleeping.
Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.
Pilate spoke to the people, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”
At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
APOSTOLIC LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO ALL CONSECRATED PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE“In response to requests from many of you and from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, I decided to proclaim a Year of Consecrated Life on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium -Pope Francis
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