Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
- First Reading = Isaiah 50:4-7
- Responsorial Psalm = Psalm 21 (22)
- Second Reading = Philippians 2: 6-11
- Gospel Acclamation = Philippians 2: 8-9
- Gospel Reading = Matthew 26: 14-27: 66
Today’s Mass will be live streamed from Saint Mary’s, Hexham across our Partnership and beyond, from 10:00am.
Today’s Mass is offered for Helen Chaffey.
At 4:00pm today, Stations of the Cross and Benediction will be streamed live from Saint Mary’s, Hexham across our Partnership and beyond.
Living the Paschal Mystery
Today’s dramatic Gospel reading plunges us into the events of the Paschal Mystery. We undergo with Jesus betrayal, suffering and eventual death. Like Jesus, we are called to remain faithful to God, ever trusting in his wisdom and providential care. To be God’s son, Jesus demonstrates filial obedience and dedication to his mission to the point of death. Rather than shy away from the culmination of his ministry, Jesus faces it straightforwardly, knowing that it will result in a violent death. He places his confidence and trust in God himself, who will be true to his word, even when Jesus id on the Cross.
The example of Jesus on this Palm Sunday inspires us to be true to God’s will in our own lives. We are open to what God has in store, a resurrection from the dead that is new life. Such is the Paschal Mystery.
Today’s Reflection from Pope Francis
Jesus enters Jerusalem to die on the Cross, and it is precisely here where his condition as king according to God shines. The Cross became his royal throne.
Written by G. K. Chesterton:
When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.