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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
“I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; My face I did not hide from insults and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced;” (Isaiah 50:6-7).
Today is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Today is the day the Messiah descended from the Mount of Olives and entered into Jerusalem. He proceeded into the holy city to offer himself as a sacrifice.
Today reminds the faithful of their own sacrifice, over-flowing from Lent, and their ability to lay it before the cross at Calvary.
As St. Paul reminds us: because Christ humbled himself and was obedient to death, God greatly exalted him (Phil. 2:6-11). This Savior of the new covenant died to give us everlasting life. In this complete telling, we are shown a mystery where life triumphs over death.
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
 Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
 Adrien Nocent, The Liturgical Year: Volume Two (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014), 159-174.
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