Homily Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Year B. - Sunday, 25 March 2018
Palm Procession Gospel: Year B - Mark 11:1-10
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm: Ps 21:8-9. 17-20. 23-24. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel Acclamation: Philippians 2:8-9
Gospel: Mark 14:1 - 15:47
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Holy week has begun…… and the passion narrative is such a powerful text in itself.
In the coming days, when you get some quiet prayer time, it would be good to read through the whole passion reading of Mark’s gospel, from the woman anointing Jesus with oil… to the last supper, and through his trial, and Peter’s denial of him ….. through to Jesus’ crucifixion and the laying of his body in the tomb…..
Mark, in his account of Jesus’ passion, presents to us an amazing array of characters…. representing contrasting personalities and differing behaviours….. Mark is inviting us to enter into the text and see where we stand in this amazing drama…… Mark presents the flawed leader who wants to placate his people rather than do what is right…… he presents the disciple who takes fright and denies his master when the heat is on…… he shows us the crowd… who welcomed Jesus in and now bays for his blood… and is swayed by populist sentiments…(and a “mob mentality”) and even accept the trade-off between a criminal, (a murderer), Barabbas… and an innocent man, Jesus…. we see people dressing Jesus up as a King…and bowing to him…but not worshipping him in truth but acting only in appalling mockery….
In what ways are we still to truly bow down to Christ…. to what extent is our commitment to Jesus still only as deep as the baptismal robe we were clothed in……
Let us be immersed in the drama of Holy Week, so that Jesus, who gave everything for us… will bring us through it… and to new life and renewed faith and commitment…. to the good news that gives us life… and life to the full...
Fr Paul W. Kelly
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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Year B.
(Sunday, 25 March 2018)
(EPISODE: 84 )
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
Preface of the Passion
Eucharistic Prayer II
Communion side. pwk: LH
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.