Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 9, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
With Palm Sunday, we enter into the most sacred week of the year,
celebrating the "Paschal Mystery" of the passion, death, and
The first reading from the 50th chapter of Isaiah speaks of the
Servant with the well-polished tongue who patiently but boldly speaks
saving truth "to a weary world." How skillfully the Church shows us
long ago, God foretold the depths of suffering His Son would endure,
his face "like flint," not flinching, not turning back.
St. Paul's second reading is all about Jesus' "kenosis," the emptying
His divine glory, that He might become the humble servant, human like
all things but sin. No wonder every knee must bow at the mention of His
name! How the early Church fought to maintain the doctrine that Jesus
both God and man! What a stupendous sacrifice for our redemption!
The Church is a master of drama in the liturgies of this week. In the
the Celebrant and two readers for the Passion this week, and in the
congregation's voice, we all become part of the action. Most feel
embarrassed to cry "Crucify Him!" with the palm branches still in our
We feel like hypocrites. Yet our sin is what placed us in that
helps drive home the crime of deicide! St. Mark presses the question,
is Jesus?" all through his gospel. As we watch the heavens darken and
the thunder, we cry with that centurion, "Indeed this was the Son of
We should beat our breasts at the realization of what our sins have
The shock of Palm Sunday's liturgy compresses two thousand years into
Year of Our Lord. We have no place to hide. We need to suspend all
activities, quiet our busy-ness, and focus on the events of this week.
all in the sacred Liturgy, the local penance services, the Stations of
Cross, the Thursday night adoration and the Good Friday veneration of
Cross. All will prepare us for the coming out of darkness into the new
the new light, the new saving water of the Easter Vigil - and
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
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