When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” . . . A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he [Jesus] said to them, “. . . the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? . . . He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” . . . While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” . . . Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. . . . When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” . . . Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; . . . he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him.” . . . Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!”. . . As they led him [Jesus] away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. . . . When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” . . . It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, . . . Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. . . .
From sermon4kids.com: “The Good News today is that Jesus is King. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Today we are here to praise him and we shout, “Hosanna!” Do you know what that word means? It means “Save now!” That is why we shout hosanna, because Jesus saves.” Jesus alone.”
Scripture: April 14, 2019—LITURGY OF THE PALMS—Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29; Luke 19:28-40; LITURGY OF THE PASSION—Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; Luke 22:14-23:56.
Collect: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: The events of Holy Week make up the central story of our faith. Can we see the suffering of others in our world in the passion of Jesus? What are some ways that the daughters and sons of humanity are crucified today? How are we called to respond?
Image: Detail of the Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck Frank Duveneck (1848–1919) Date: 1891, cast 1927. Photo by Rick Morley.
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Eye Candy: A plethora of images about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
Movies/Videos: “Contact” (1998), Ellie is welcomed back but . . .; “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928), comparison of passions of Christ & Joan of Arc; “Sling Blade” (1996), no such thing as good or redemptive violence
This week we are zealots during the Palm Sunday pageant.