"This is my body, which will be given for you."
On Palm Sunday this year we hear two sections of Luke's Gospel -- the first at the blessing of the palms and the second at the reading of St. Luke's passion narrative. With the royal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (19:28-21:38), a new section of the Gospel begins -- the ministry of Jesus in Jerusalem before his death and resurrection.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Palm Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 (PalmSundayC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
Podcast of the Readings
Video of Reflections on Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: "What Sacraments were instituted by Jesus on Holy Thursday?"
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
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.” Is Jesus the subject of this reading? Can you think of others who have followed his example? What do you think enabled them to do it?
2. What would have happened if Jesus had given up? Does this reading make you feel oneness with the suffering world? Is there any action you could take to remedy someone’s suffering?
Psalm 22: 8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
1. Were you part of the crowd of evildoers who closed in on Christ, that our psalmist speaks about? Tell of what part you play even today in mocking Christ.
2. The psalm asks, 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?' Do you believe that our Lord was truly abandoned by the Father?
1. This reading is about Christ’s love. “Agape” means love that is selfless. It implies conversion, vulnerability, search for justice, and suffering. Does this ever describe your love? Is your love sometimes mixed with self-concern?
2. “The will of God is the divinization of every creature; and it was to bring about this divinization that the One who was in God and who was God emptied himself in order to participate in our human condition and transform it from within.” —Javier Melloni, S. J. Discuss.
Luke 22:14 – 23:56 or 23:1-49
1. According to the Gospel of Luke, marginalized and neglected people accompanied Jesus on the way to death. This included the women, Simon, and the good thief. What does this tell you about Jesus? What does it tell you about Luke? Would you have been part of the group accompanying Jesus?
2. Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Was he excusing people who were killing him? If not, then what? Do you ever ask God to forgive people who hurt you? Can you forgive them?
Sunday Bible Study Group
Please share your thoughts on these Sunday Readings. And please do use these questions for your own Bible study sessions with family and friends.