Saturday: Preparation for Palm and Passion Sunday

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Torah: Leviticus 23:1-8

There are parallel passages at Exodus 12:14-20, Numbers 28:16-25, and Deuteronomy 16:1-8.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed festivals.


Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements.

These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall celebrate at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, there shall be a Passover offering to the Lord, and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. For seven days you shall present the Lord's offerings by fire; on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation: you shall not work at your occupations.

Psalm 31:9-16

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
 my eye wastes away from grief,
 my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
 and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
 and my bones waste away.

I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
 a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
 those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
 I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many—
 terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
 as they plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O Lord;
 I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
 deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
 save me in your steadfast love.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Luke 22:1-13

There are parallel passages about the preparation for Passover at Matthew 26:17-25 and Mark 14:12-21. There are parallel passages about the plot to kill Jesus at Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, 10-11, and John 11:45-53.

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

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The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Joshua tells the Israelites, “Choose what gods you will follow, but as for me and my household, we will follow the Lord.”

Semi-continuous 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43 Solomon’s prayer at the temple dedication.

Both Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on the whole armor of God.

Both John 6:56-69 Jesus is the bread of eternal life.

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Monday: Reflection on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary 1 Kings 17:1-16 Elijah predicts a drought and God sends him to the widow of Zarephath.

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 15:13-31 David flees Jerusalem in the face of Absalom’s revolt.

Both Ephesians 5:1-14 Renounce pagan ways and live as children of the light.

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The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary 1 Kings 19:4-8 An angel brings food and water to Elijah.

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 David laments Absalom’s death.

Both Ephesians 4:25-5:2 We should forgive one another, as Christ has forgiven us.

Both John 6:35, 41-51 Jesus says, “I am the bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.”

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Thursday: Preparation for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary 1 Samuel 28:20-25 Food for Saul and his servants.

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 13:37-14:24 Joab arranges with a wise woman to get David to allow Absalom back in Jerusalem.

Both Romans 15:1-6 Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony.

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The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary 2 Kings 4:42-44 Elisha provides food for a hundred people from twenty loaves of barley. They ate and there was some left.

Semi-continuous 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Bathsheba and Uriah are wronged by David.

Both Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul’s prayer that Christ may dwell in the Ephesians’ hearts as they are being rooted and grounded in love

Both John 6:1-21 The feeding of the five thousand, and Jesus walks on water.

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Wednesday: Reflection on the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary 1 Samuel 21:1-6 David eats the bread of the Presence.

Semi-continuous 1 Samuel 2:22-36 A man of God tells Eli that doom will come on his house because of the sins of his sons.

Both John 5:1-18 On the Sabbath, Jesus heals a man who has been ill for thirty-eight years.

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Holy Thursday

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.

Exodus 12:1-14 The story of the first Passover.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 The Lord, on the night he was betrayed, took a loaf of bread, gave thanks, broke it and said “This is my body that is for you.” After supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 During supper Jesus got up, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel. After he had washed their feet, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

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