• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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Just as Catholics are readily identified on Ash Wednesday, the same is true on Palm Sunday. But instead of bearing dusty marks of mortality on our foreheads, we carry strips of palm fronds home from church. And we think about Christ as He entered Jerusalem for the final time. Crowds gathered to salute Him by waving palms and tossing them in front of Him.

Then everything changed. Within the week, Jesus was arrested, beaten and sentenced to death. “Then they crucified Him.… Those passing by reviled Him... ‘Save Yourself by coming down from the cross.’ Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, mocked Him... ‘He saved others; He cannot save Himself” (Mark 15:24, 29-31). People went from hailing Jesus as the Messiah to mocking Him. In spite of unbelievable suffering, our Lord humbly did what He came to do. He saved us for life everlasting.

Suggested missionary action: We can start this Holy Week by committing ourselves to praying daily for those who do not yet know the Good News of Christ’s gift of salvation.

Keep “Lent In Focus” with our special website, helping you to see the Season through a missionary lens. Journey with us this Lent, in prayer and sacrifice – and with the priests, religious and lay catechists who are consoling broken hearts and offering hope in our world of need.