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Palm Sunday of the 
Passion of the Lord
Isaiah 50:4-7… Philippians 2:6-11… Mark 14:1-15:47

Isaiah… We are called to speak God’s word, and though we may be often challenged or ridiculed, we must set our faces like flint despite the outcomes, in the same way as Christ did on his journey to the Cross.

How easy and comfortable it is to compromise and fit in with those who are indifferent toward our faith, but this is not our calling. As God opens our ears morning after morning, let us learn from him and with unshaken constancy and undaunted resolution, stand ready to defy those who oppose us. 

May his word continue to take deeper root in us, so we have the strength to proclaim it with power and effect.

Philippians… Christ did not cling to his power, nor should we cling to and use God’s gifts to us in ways that exalt us over others. Our abilities, talents and gifts of wealth, position and power must never get in the way of humbling ourselves to others. 

We must empty ourselves of everything except our relationship with God. If we humble ourselves as a slave to others in the same way we would to Christ, we’ll be glorified. Humble suffering and glory are a natural mix. 

Mark… Though we know that the divine Christ would rise above his passion journey and be exalted in heaven, it was the human Christ on earth that suffered through it. 

Though the crowds gathered joyously for his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, once they saw that he was not the worldly king they had hoped for, their enthusiasm for him quickly waned. 

As he was abandoned, mocked and abused; as our first reading states, he set his face like flint and did not turn back, knowing that he would not be put to shame: no shame as confirmed by the centurion who saw that “truly this man was the Son of God.”

May our enthusiasm for Jesus never wane, especially when our prayers are not answered in ways we hope. And may we never cease to follow him and maintain our hope in his true and permanent gift of everlasting life with him. 

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