Sunday, March 28, 2021
The readings for Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) for Year B focus the sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for me and you. The reading for the procession of the palms tells of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The first reading from Isaiah foretells Jesus’ suffering. The psalm sings “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”, which is the Psalm Jesus prayed from the cross. The second reading from Philippians speaks of the how Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. And in the gospel we hear how Jesus first celebrated the Passover, and then became the sacrificial lamb for us.
Palm Sunday Mass begins with the reading of the procession of the palms and the gospel reading describing Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The gospel during the Liturgy of the Word is the passion narrative.
Mass readings for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion:
- Procession of the palms – Mark 11:1-10: “Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
- Procession of the palms alternate gospel – John 12:12-16: “When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him”
- First reading – Isaiah 50:4-7: “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
- Second Reading – Philippians 2:6-11: “he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”
- Gospel – Mark 14:1—15:47: “Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.”
More resources for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion:
So these readings would definitely lead into a discussion of the Pascal Mystery. Here are some ideas: