Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The liturgy of Passion Sunday is a collision of themes: glorious hosannas and somber omens.
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.
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)
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.
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.