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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

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Since there will be no public Masses at Saint Gabriel’s this Sunday
it is incumbent upon us to prepare ourselves for keeping the Lord’s Day
with family prayer at home. This web page is to help us do that.

 

READINGS FROM THE PASSION OF MATTHEW

New Jerusalem Bible version, Matthew 21:1-17

 

1 When they were near Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
2 saying to them, ‘Go to the village facing you, and you will at once find a tethered donkey and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.
3 If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, “The Master needs them and will send them back at once.” ‘
4 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet:
5 Say to the daughter of Zion: Look, your king is approaching, humble and riding on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.
6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus had told them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt, then they laid their cloaks on their backs and he took his seat on them.
8 Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in his path.
9 The crowds who went in front of him and those who followed were all shouting: Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens!
10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil as people asked, ‘Who is this?’
11 and the crowds answered, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’
12 Jesus then went into the Temple and drove out all those who were selling and buying there; he upset the tables of the money-changers and the seats of the dove-sellers.
13 He said to them, ‘According to scripture, my house will be called a house of prayer; but you are turning it into a bandits’ den.’
14 There were also blind and lame people who came to him in the Temple, and he cured them.
15 At the sight of the wonderful things he did and of the children shouting, ‘Hosanna to the son of David’ in the Temple, the chief priests and the scribes were indignant and said to him,
16 ‘Do you hear what they are saying?’ Jesus answered, ‘Yes. Have you never read this: By the mouths of children, babes in arms, you have made sure of praise?’
17 With that he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Ponder the psalm verses which the crowds sang upon Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. You will find them in Psalm 118. To whom do they refer? Why would the Jewish leaders be upset that the children were singing: Hosanna to the son of David? Keep in mind what time of year this was.