Passion/Palm Sunday (Year: B)

Sun 25th

Old Testament: Isa. 50:4-7
Psalms: Ps. 21:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Epistle: Phil. 2:6-11
Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47

Sunday Mass times

Sunday 8:00am 10:00am 6:00pm

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Palm Sunday

The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week. Palms will be blessed and distributed at each of today's three Masses. Normal Sunday Mass times apply …

Today's Gospel

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the Gospel of John.  We are reading much further into John’s Gospel than we have for the past two weeks.  Chapter 12 of John’s Gospel is a preparation for the beginning of the passion narrative to follow.  Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead—an important sign in John’s Gospel, which inspired many people to believe in Jesus.  This event also marks the turning point in Jesus’ conflict with the Jewish authorities.  John’s Gospel tells us that the Sanhedrin met after this event and made plans to kill Jesus.  In the 12th chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus is anointed at Bethany and enters Jerusalem in triumph.

Following his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus predicted his suffering, death, and Resurrection and prepared his disciples to believe in the salvation that his death would accomplish.   Using the metaphor of the grain of wheat, Jesus presented the idea that his dying would be beneficial.  He also taught that those who would be his disciples must follow his example of sacrifice.  This theme will be repeated in John’s account of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example of how they must serve one another.

In today’s Gospel, we also hear Jesus speak about the cosmic framework against which we are to understand his passion, death, and Resurrection.  Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered Satan, the ruler of this world.  In this way the world is judged, but the judgement is not condemnation.  Instead, through Jesus’ dying and rising, salvation is brought to the world.


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