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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion A

April 13, 2014

Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, S. J

The Man Who Would Be King

Is this what it means to be a king? That he “humbled himself and became obedient unto death”?


In Exile

Ron Rolheiser, OMI

The Humiliation of Crucifixion

Crucifixion was designed to inflict optimal physical pain. The procedure was dragged out over a good number of hours and the amount of pain inflicted at any given moment was carefully calculated so as not to cause unconscious-
ness and thus ease the pain of the one being crucified.


Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

The King on a Donkey

It has been a very long time since anyone from any family was a king of Israel, hasn’t it? And in which country on earth does justice rule? So where then is that divinely promised, everlasting righteous kingship of the Davidic line?


The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring


We all suffer in our own way. We experience physical pain and hardship. We suffer watching our friends and relatives suffer.We are often offended or abandoned by others, and we add to our suffering by our own sinfulness.


Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck


Jesus endured the sense of abandonment by the one he loved most. What does it tell us that he chose to experience all of humanity’s worst suffering?


A Poem
to Sit With

J. Janda


Rust and dried blood mark the petals of the dogwood...