Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)
A few years ago, while wandering through the Old City of Jerusalem, I stumbled upon a spray-painted sign on the side of a small factory building. It called out in English: “We need peace.”
It seemed to me like a modern-day cry of “hosanna” coming from the people of Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:1–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66
As the ballplayer struck out with two on and two out, the stadium rang with bitter boos. I confess that I booed along with the rest. How does a crowd turn from shouts of joy to cries of murder in such a short span?
In every age, the crucifixion has compelled artists with its raw human drama, as well as with its deeper meaning.
This Lent, add a journey story to your reading. Follow Gilgamesh to the ends of the earth or the Knights of the Round Table into the forest.
A video course on Jesus as forgiving victim
The theme of James Alison’s video Bible study is the main theme he sees in scripture: that the creation of scapegoats must end.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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