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Category Archives: Lent VI – Palmarum
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The processional Gospel from Matthew chapter 21 is read twice in the Church Year. It is first read on the First Sunday in … Continue reading
The mystery that Jesus is sacramentalizing by riding triumphally into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey is his parousia, his coming as a king in peace and as a judge in vindication. Had he been coming as a king … Continue reading
It is my custom to read the full Matthew Passion, preaching a brief homily and letting the Passion do much of the preaching. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading
Today’s Gospel is the only Gospel lesson appointed for two Sundays in the church year. It is the portal of the church year (Advent I), where we welcome Jesus with shouts of “Hosanna” and “Blessed is he.” And it is also the Gospel lesson for this, the first day of Holy Week, when we anticipate the shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” A very important lesson on who Jesus is and what Jesus does as we begin the most holy and solemn week of the church’s year of grace. Continue reading