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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Year A
April 2, 2023
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ


The liturgy of Passion Sunday is a collision of themes: glorious hosannas and somber omens.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Development of the Passion Story

What prompted this gradual development of the passion story? Though it may seem backwards to us, the passion story was a normal follow-up to the resurrection.

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Thoughts from the Early Church

Gregory Palamas & Augustine

If Jesus had the power to rise from the tomb, could he have found it so very difficult to come down from the cross? (Augustine)

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

In Accordance with the Scriptures

This final week of Lent is a good time to reflect on the Christian use of the Jewish Scriptures to interpret the actions and passion of Jesus.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

When Jesus ate with the riffraff, he crossed over from God’s side and put himself on the side of sinners in order that he might seek and save them.

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