"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010 (PalmC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Readings at the Mass (Cycle C)
Sunday Readings at the Procession with Palms (Cycle C)
Lecturas y Comentarios
Burning Question: What is Holiness?

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Book of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 50, Verses 4-7

1. In Isaiah we read, “I have not rebelled, have not turned away. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard.” We see Jesus as the subject of this reading. Can we follow him? Explain.

2. What would have happened if Jesus had given up? But he was single-minded, wasn’t he? Does this reading make you feel oneness with the suffering world? Is there any action you could take to remedy someone’s suffering?

Second Reading
Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 2, Verses 6-11

1. “Agape” means love that is selfless. Does this ever describe your love? Is your love sometimes mixed with self-concern?

2. Agape implies conversion, vulnerability, search for justice, and suffering. Does agape therefore help the world?

According to Luke, Chapter 22, Verses 14-71;
Chapter 23, Verses 1-56

1. According to the Gospel of Luke, the marginalized and neglected people accompanied Jesus on the way to his death. This included the women, Simon, and the good thief. What does this tell you about Jesus? What does it tell you about Luke? And about you?

2. Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Wasn’t he excusing people who were killing him? Do you ever ask God to forgive people who hurt you? Can you forgive them?

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