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Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians
Mary Boys offers concrete proposals for how the story of Jesus’ crucifixion can be told faithfully in the presence of Jewish conversation partners.
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.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.