Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28th 


Is 50: 4-7
Ps 22: 8-9, 17-24
Phil 2: 6-11
Mk 14: 1-15:47 or Mk 15: 1-39


…He took on the status of a slave, became human!…he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death   Phil 2: 5-8 from The Message

…She has just done something wonderfully significant for me… She did what she could when she could… Mark 14: 6-9 from The Message

These readings bring to mind a few words – self-emptying, outpouring, generosity, hospitality. Both Jesus and the woman with the alabaster jar of oil gave their all for the other. Jesus, who deemed equality with God, still came in human likeness, in the form of a servant and lived a selfless life. In the Gospel story the Pharisees were upset saying that ‘she is wasting a year’s worth of wages in that oil’ yet Jesus tells them she is doing something significant. It makes me wonder who or what is so important to me that I’m willing to give my all? What is so significant that I’m impelled to outpouring generosity? Am I living with a discerning heart to recognize the times when I could be giving my all? Or the lost opportunities? During this Holy Week can I take time to pray for God to open my heart? To show me those places that deserve my self-emptying, outpouring love, hospitality, generosity?


Open my eyes, God, to see as you see. Help me to know what is significant to you so that it may be significant to me too. Help me to give my all-in outpouring love, self-emptying, generosity and hospitality.

Personal Challenge

Who or what will impel you to give fully and freely of yourself today?

Sister Paula Terese Pilon, CSJ
Cleveland, OH

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