Gospel Reflection: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

At the Procession with Palms - Gospel
Mk 11:1-10

Reading I
Is 50:4-7

Mk 14:1—15:47


In today’s readings, we witness the dichotomy between the people who welcomed Jesus with “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” and later shouted “Crucify him.”

Jesus found Himself among people who both loved and hated Him, yet His response was always one of mercy and love. He welcomed Judas, who would later betray Him, and Peter, who would later deny Him, to partake of His body and blood at the Last Supper.

As the prophet Isaiah prophesied, Jesus did not rebel nor turn His back but humbly gave His body to those who beat Him. He leaned into the Father as His strength to endure patiently until the end for the sake of our Salvation – “the Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.”

On this Palm Sunday, let us give thanks to Him for His sacrifice, for forgiving us when we’ve rejected Him, for calling us to greatness, and for always having a place for us at His table. May we be receptive to the graces of this Holy Week that come to our aid as we prepare to celebrate His triumph over death.

Please be assured of my prayers before Our Lord, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

+ Bishop Schlert


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