LIVING THE WORD
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
April 9, 2017
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.
Isaiah 50:4 –7
Psalm 22:8 – 9, 17–18, 19 – 20, 23 – 24
Philippians 2:6 –11
Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 or 27:11– 54
Pray with the Word
Your Servant, Lord our God, speaks the word that all the weary long to hear.
Your Son humbles himself to carry the Cross that your people long to embrace.
As we enter into this Holy Week, let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.
Empty us of ourselves, and draw us close to his Cross, that we may find in the obedience of Christ
the strength to drink of the cup that did not pass him by.
Who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Prepare for the Word
Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:
What do you do to prepare for a special guest? Why do you want to treat guests with something extra or special?
In what ways do you prepare to receive Christ’s Body and Blood at Mass?
Reflect on the Word
Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:
This week, the very people who would later crucify Christ welcome him into the city with shouts of joy. When is a time where you have turned your back on God?
Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem solidifies his role as King. In Baptism, we are given this same anointing. What does it mean to share in Jesus’ kingly mission?
Act on the Word
Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. On Thursday of Holy Week, we begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. At this Mass, we will hear the Gospel reading of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Doing so, Jesus gives us a great example of what it means to be a humble, servant leader. Your challenge this week is to model this action at home and at school. Volunteer to clean up after class one day. Hold the door open for your fellow classmates at the end of the school day instead of running out of class when the bell rings. Perhaps you can offer to cook a meal for your family and clean up after dinner. Ask your parents what would be helpful for you to do around the house. Mundane tasks such as these can be rather banal if we aren’t intentional about doing them in a place of love and servitude.
The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015.
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