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December 12, 2018
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Lent

Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Reading I : Isaiah 50:4-7

He opens my ear that I may hear.

  • The first reading from Isaiah is taken from the third "Song of the Suffering Servant."
  • It shows us the disciple whose faithfulness is based on fidelity to God.
  • Although the passage was originally written about someone else, when we read this passage we immediately think of Jesus.

Reading II : Philippians 2:6-11

He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.

  • The second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is a quotation from an early Christian hymn that proclaims the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • Even though Jesus was God, he obediently accepted the humiliation of the cross, and God raised him in glory.
  • Paul’s challenge is to make Jesus’ attitude our own.

Gospel : Mark 14:1-15:47

The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The Passion story from the Gospel according to Mark shows Jesus to us as the suffering servant portrayed in the prophecy of Isaiah.
  • Mark places Jesus’ suffering and death in the context of the Passover meal which draws on Jewish theology.
  • In Mark’s account of the Passion, Jesus is alone with no one to comfort him as he approaches the ultimate sacrifice.