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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

March 24, 2024




Gospel of Mark


Mk 14:1---15:47










A Reading from the second Book of the Prophet Isaiah




Is 50:4-7




This reading is taken from the third song of the Servant of Yahweh. As mentioned at the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, it is not clear whom the inspired writer had in mind when he composed these four songs, describing the ideal Servant (Son) of God. Is he a collective person: Israel, God's people? Is he a king of the past or the Messiah (anointed king) to come?

In any case, the Christian community applied these hymns very early to Jesus and they are used throughout Holy Week as a beautiful commentary on the passion narratives. Indeed, "the Son of Man [Jesus] did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."






The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and to be like him.

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!







A Reading, From the Letter to the Hebrews



Phil 2:6-11




This text is actually a Christ hymn, sung in church. It beautifully describes our Lord's utmost humiliation, which suffered on the cross. By being obedient, he made up for our sinful disobedience. But this hymn sings also of Christ's exaltation by the Father.


Meditating on the Lord's suffering and death, as Christians do during Holy Week, we should keep both sides of the Christ event in mind. It is suffering and death that actually constitutes a passage to exaltation. Good Friday and Easter belong together even in our lives!





In the Gospel of Mark


Mk 14:1--15:47




Paul states: "For our sakes [God] made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him." Jesus identified himself entirely with sinful humankind, whom he freed from sin and death.


Each of the evangelists relates the narrative of Christ's passion with only a few different memories of the tragedy. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus' last words are: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Luke remembers that on the cross Jesus promised paradise to the criminal who repented, and that Jesus said: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." All three relate the Lord's Supper, which Jesus gave us to celebrate as a memorial of his passion, death, and resurrection.

Prayerful meditation on Jesus' passion should make us grateful for what Jesus did. He has said; "No one has greater love than this, to lay one's life for one's friends. You are my friends."




Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




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REMEMBER




Rules for Fasting/Abstinence

 

Fasting: Catholics between the ages of 18-59 are obligated to fast (1 single full meal) on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.

 

Abstinence: All Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent.








Every Friday we Have Adoration and then we

begin our Stations of the Cross


It begins at

7:30PM


Hope to see all of you there!




















"1st Communion


















CONFIRMATION



We will be having our 8th grade confirmation meeting in the Parish Dining Hall at 11:15am March 24th.


We will be going over your questions that you may have about confirmation and your Saint Projects.




Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

Deacon Bob Brazier at bbrazier@sttm.org


Bring Your Children To Mass?




When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.


At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”


The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).


This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.


Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:



BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO MASS


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.

AMEN


Meditations
“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."