Study, Pray, Serve: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

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Let’s examine some of the major themes that surface in our readings for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.

1st Reading – Isaiah 50:4-7

  • This passage of the “Suffering Servant” is interpreted by the Church to apply directly to Jesus.
  • Note how it is written in the first person, from the Lord’s perspective, and points to the agony of the Passion.

Psalm – 22: 8-9,17-20,23-24

  • “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
  • This Psalm offers a prophecy that is fulfilled with the Passion of the Lord.
  • I strongly suggest that we all read Psalm 22 repeatedly during Holy Week. For although it begins in anguish and suffering, it ends with a resounding praise of the glory of God.

2nd Reading – Philippians 2:6-11

  • Jesus humbly “empties himself” and takes on our human form in order to die on the Cross for our sins.
  • Because of this sacrifice, Jesus Christ is exalted above all creation, and we acknowledge him as Lord.

Gospel – Matthew 26:14-27:66

  • This is the great drama of God’s love for us!
  • Do yourself a favor and take time this week to slowly read and reflect on the Passion of our Lord. Seriously, just do it, and offer a prayer of gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

Mass Readings – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion


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A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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