Sunday, April 2, 2023
The readings for Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) for Year A focus on the stark contrast between the crowds love for Jesus and then their act of abandonment. The reading for the procession of the palms (Matthew 21:1-11) tells how Jesus was greeted by a joyous crowd when he entered Jerusalem. The first reading (Isaiah 50:4-7) speaks of the suffering servant. The psalm (Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24) reflects Jesus’ words on the cross, but ends as a song of praise. The second reading (Philippians 2:6-11) reminds us that Jesus is lord of all. And in the gospel (Matthew 26:14 – 27:66) we hear the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion and his willing sacrifice for us.
So these readings would lead us to reflect on Jesus’ act of sacrificial love, a revelation of the nature of God. Here are some ideas: