Palm Passion Sunday Year B Homily 24 and 25 March 2018

Palm Passion Sunday Year B Homily


Mark 11:1-10

Jesús draws near to Jerusalem.

Cloaks are put over a borrowed colt.

Jesus is seated on the colt.


The people spread their cloaks on the road.

Leafy branches are also spread out on Jesús’ path.


The people cry out:



Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!

Hosanna in the highest!”


May our cries,

join those of the many people who cry


as we welcome our king.




ISAIAH 50:4-7



MARK 14:1-15:47

My sisters and brothers in Christ.

On this day we enter into the saving mysteries.

The saving mysteries come at great price to the king from Galilee.

Jesus saves our lives by giving his life.

Jesus “empties” himself so we may be filled with hope, life and


Jesus comes as servant and slave.

Jesus comes to show us we can only be first by being last and least.

Jesus gives all,

to all


for all.
Jesus has, throughout his ministry been drawn to

the sick,

the poor,

the outcast,

the foreigner,

the refugee,

the sinner,

the troubled.


Jesus knows his disciples well.

Jesus knows  






Jesus will know




Jesus fully expects to be betrayed by religious and civil


These authorities make their importance felt by executing Jesus.

Jesús cannot be controlled.

Jesús therefore must die.


Jesus also knows his own disciples will betray him and flee.

The events surrounding Jesus are full of

surprises, the unexpected, the unanticipated.


We might expect Simon Peter to walk the walk as well as talk the



We might expect one of the disciples to be present at the death of

Jesus and say “Truly this man was the Son of God”


The person who declares Jesus’ is “the Son God” is a

“centurion” a foreigner. A person who most probably did not know

of Jesus until he was assigned the task of executing him.


We might believe


eternal life,


depend on

our goodness,

our faith,

our observance of religious teachings.


The Jesus we meet in Mark’s Gospel

shows us grace (God’s life and Spirit) is:


freely given,

utterly undeserved,

unconditionally offered to the most unlikely of candidates.


May we empty ourselves so we

may serve others,

may enter into Jesus’ suffering,

may come to new and eternal life.


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