THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION
Eternal Father, Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled
your will by taking our nature and giving his life for us:
help us to follow the example of his humility by walking in the way of the cross;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen
READING from Luke 19: 28-40
28-31 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions:
“Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘His Master needs him.’”
32-33 The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, “What are you doing untying the colt?”
34 They said, “His Master needs him.”
GOSPEL according to Luke 23: 1-49
So Pilate began his interrogation by asking Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
“They are your words,” answered Jesus.
Pilate turned back to the chief priests and the mob, and said,
“I can’t see that he has broken any laws. You have got nothing on him that will stick.”
Priest: But they dug their heels in and kept insisting,
“He is trouble. He stirs up the people with his teaching, and not just around here. He started up in Galilee. He has worked his way all around Judea, and now he is at it here.”
Go now and follow Christ in obedience.
Have the same mind as was in Christ Jesus;
Keep your ears open to God’s teaching;
Be humble, even in the face of hostility
and do not turn back.
The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen
Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.