16 Mar 2008
For 16 March 2008, Passion Sunday, based on Matthew 21:1-11
When Jesus and the disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, â€˜Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, â€œThe Lord needs them.â€ And he will send them immediately.â€™ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
â€˜Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.â€™
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
â€˜Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!â€™
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, â€˜Who is this?â€™ The crowds were saying, â€˜This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.