March 25 - Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday : Human abandonment of Jesus

March 21st, 2018

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Gospel at the Procession with Palms Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16
Jesus enters Jerusalem as the crowds shout, “Hosanna!”

 

First Reading Isaiah 50:4-7
The Lord's servant will stand firm, even when persecuted.

 

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24
A cry for help to the Lord in the face of evildoers

 

Second Reading Philippians 2:6-11
Christ was obedient even to death, but God has exalted him.

 

Gospel Reading Mark 14:1—15:47 (shorter form: Mark 15:1-39)

 

Palm Sunday is the great doorway into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way towards the culmination of his earthly existence. Today’s liturgy calls us to keep in mind two points. 1) The early Church Fathers saw a symbol in the gesture of the people who followed Jesus, the gesture of spreading out their clothes/coats before the Lord. Before Christ –the Fathers said- we must spread out our lives in an attitude of gratitude and adoration.   2) The totality of the human abandonment of Jesus which is portrayed by Mark. All flee, with the last one leaving even his clothes behind in order to get away from Jesus – the opposite of leaving all things to follow him. Have you abandoned Jesus like that young man reported in the Gospel of Mark?