Procession Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
The message of the angels at his birth is now being brought to completion. He begins the ascent to the Mount of Olives where the glory of his cross will shine forth. How do I see glory in the cross?
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
“The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.”
Do I recognize my own dignity and worth? What stirs up in my heart when I see the rights and dignity of other people being abused and not respected? Am I strong in my witness to the Gospel values no matter the consequences?
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Jesus emptied himself, humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. That is his glory!
In what do I find my glory? In other words, what am I proud of in my life?
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56
The gospel is not about Jesus’ suffering but rather about his passionate love for his Father and for us that made him willing even to sacrifice his life.
Have I ever thought about the word “Passion”? Do I realize that God loves me passionately?
Can I share some personal experiences of God’s love in my life? Who are some people who have made sacrifices for my happiness and well-being?
- Reflect on the Stations of the Cross and how each stage of Jesus’ passion is an act of love for me.
- Read the newspaper, or watch or listen to the news, and reflect on how Christ’s passion is lived today.
O God, through the Passion, death and resurrection of your Son, lead me onward in hope to wherever you call me. Amen