Hosanna: Prelude to Passion

Sunday – The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 26:14—27:66

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We enact through ritual, the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The mood shifts, however, with the reading of the Passion account later in worship. Matthew unfolds twenty-one scenes in telling the story. Hold your palm branches while prayerfully reading Matthew’s Passion throughout the day, a few scenes at a time.

Matthew wants us to feel the connection of this Passion with the Infancy Narrative. Now the chief priests, scribes, and elders are in the place of Herod. As Jesus partakes of the Passover meal with his apostles, he relives the Exodus theme, just as he did in the flight to Egypt. Matthew alone tells the story of the death of Judas, the dead rising at the moment of Jesus’death, and the guards to be placed at the tomb. The New Testament’s only references to God’s appearance through dreams are in the divine messages to Joseph and to Pilate’s wife.

What does the Holy Spirit tell you personally, as you pray?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Hosanna in the highest 21:9
“Not my will but Thine be done.” 26:42
Weeping along with Peter 26:75
“Why have you forsaken me?” 27:46

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