Lectionary Reflections: Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion [c] March 20, 2016

Engaging Faith | Fri, Mar 11, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion [c]

March 20, 2016


At the Procession with Palms: Luke 19:28-40

Isaiah 50:4-7

Philippians 2:6-11

Luke 22:14--23:56



March 19: Earth Hour (8:30pm local time)

March 20: First Day of Spring 

March 20: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion 

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

March 22: World Water Day

March 24: Anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero's Assassination (1980)

March 24: Holy Thursday

March 25: Good Friday

March 25: International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

March 26: Holy Saturday

March 27: Easter Sunday 



The radical transformation of the world in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of people to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, kinship and love. 

-1971 Synod of Bishops

It is by uniting their own sufferings for the sake of truth and freedom to the sufferings of Christ on the Cross that human beings are able to accomplish the miracle of peace and are in a position to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil and the violence which, under the illusion of fighting evil, only makes it worse.

-John Paul II, Centesium Annus, 25

Christ crucified and risen, the Wisdom of God, manifests the truth that divine justice and renewing power leavens the world in a way different from the techniques of dominating violence.  The victory of shalom is won not by the sword of the warrior god, but by the awesome power of compassionate love, in and through solidarity with those who suffer.

-Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, She Who Is, 159

May Christ inflame the desires of all people to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through His power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them.

-John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 171

To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions…

-Pope Francis, Homily, April 4, 2015


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem is about “getting excited” about what God wants to do in the world, right now, today, in our midst.  Our entrance into Holy Week is an exciting renewal of our commitment to be involved in the challenges and struggles of our world.  God is involved with the pain and suffering of our world.  God is involved in our quest for justice and peace.  God calls us to a new vision of life, mercy, and redemption.


The story of the Passion is a story which continues today in our lives and the lives of the people all over the planet – in the lives of the poor, in the lives of refugees and immigrants, in the lives of people in prison, in the lives of people on death row, in the lives of single parents, in the lives of the elderly, in the lives of soldiers and combatants and noncombatants, in those who are victims of racism, in those who are powerless,  and even in the life of the planet earth which has been so abused.

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