Sunday Readings & Reflections

PALM SUNDAY

Theme of the Sunday: A FULFILLING DEATH

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7;
Responsorial: Psalm 22;
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11;
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


Reflection

Palm Sunday brings us to the last phase of our Lenten journey that we began on Ash Wednesday iso 다운로드. The death of Jesus fulfils God’s plan and ushers in a new time even before his resurrection (Mt 27:51-53).

Jesus, as Son of Man, is the fulfilment of God’s great plan of salvation for his people Celestial Marriage 1. It is not to say that every word and every detail of scripture apply to him. Even Jesus’ death shows that God is so great he brings good out of evil for those who reject him gimagex 다운로드. As the proverb says, “God writes straight on crooked line”.

Our lives might seem full of the unimportant and the trivial. But when we see the events of our life in the light of faith we will discover how God is leading us through them 앵커 태그. God’s plan unfolds slowly but surely.

Matthew takes up the same apocalyptic idea of Mark’s Gospel and with a poetic touch adds other elements Millennium. He speaks of an earthquake and rocks splitting, of tombs opening and the dead appearing in Jerusalem. This is traditionally apocalyptic way of speaking about the manifestation of God’s presence and judgement of the world ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드. When God passes ahead of his people in order to defend them against the enemy, the earth quakes (Jdg 5:4-5). God’s presence, often associated with smoke, earthquake and lightning, is both consoling and frightening at the same time (2 Sam 22:8; Ps 77[76]:18-19; 97[96]:3-6; 104[103]:32) 페도라 13. Resurrection was something expected for the end of the world, not now. When Matthew says that the dead arose he wants to emphasise that the end-time has come 바람의나라 연 다운로드. With the death of Jesus on the Cross, God has intervened in a completely new and unexpected way in the history of his people. The New Age that the Messiah was to inaugurate has already come in Jesus ie10 64 bit 다운로드. The passion story in Matthew invites us to believe that Jesus really is God’s definitive intervention on behalf of his people. There is no point in waiting for another Download the Japanese flag.

Live hope!!!


PALM SUNDAY


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of Guinea Bissau


Sunday Readings

First ReadingIsaiah 50:4-7

“I hid not my face from shame, and I know I shall not be put to shame.” Third song of the Servant of the Lord."


A reading from the Book of Isaiah

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary. Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me; they curl their lips, they toss their heads: “He trusted in the Lord, let him save him; let him release him, for in him he delights.” R.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

For dogs have surrounded me; a band of the wicked besets me. They tear holes in my hands and my feet; I can count every one of my bones. R.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

They divide my clothing among them, they cast lots for my robe. But you, O Lord, do not stay afar off; my strength, make haste to help me! R.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I will tell of your name to my kin, and praise you in the midst of the assembly; “You who fear the Lord, give him praise; all descendents of Jacob, give him glory; revere him, all you descendents of Israel.” R.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?







SECOND READING Philippians 2:6-11
“He humbled himself, and God has highly exalted him.”
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ. Christ became obedient for us unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him: and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.Glory and praise to you, O Christ.    
 
GOSPEL READING Matthew 26:14-27:66 The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

The Gospel of the Lord.

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