Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord : 28th March, 2021

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Palm Sunday: Today’s Gospel presents the greatest manifestation of God’s Mercy in theSuffering and Death of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.Spend some moments of silence and solitude to contemplate this scene, and open your mind and heart to receive the special graces of today and theHoly Week.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Mark 14:1, 3-12a, 13a-15

It was two days before the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread, and the chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by some trick and have him put to death. He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper; he was at dinner when a woman came in with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the ointment on his head. Some who were there said to one another indignantly, ‘Why this waste of ointment? Ointment like this could have been sold for over three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor’; and they were angry with her.

‘Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting her? What she has done for me is oneof the good works. You have the poor with you always, and you can be kind to them whenever you wish, but you will not always have me.  She has done what was in her power to do: she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial.  I tell you solemnly, wherever throughout all the world the Good News is proclaimed, what she has done will be told also, in remembrance of her.’

Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, approached the chief priests with an offer to hand Jesus over to them.  They were delighted to hear it, and promised to give him money; and he looked for a way of betraying him when the opportunity should occur.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house which he enters, “The Master says: Where is my dining room in which I can eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upper room furnished with couches, all prepared. Make the preparations for us there.’