Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – April 5, 2020

Fr. Luis’ Reflections on the Readings for Palm Sunday
Mass for Palm Sunday. Readings are below. Fr. is wearing a red stole which symbolizes the blood of Christ. The color red is used on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and on Friday of Holy Week (Good Friday), on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, on the “birthday” feast days of Apostles and Evangelists, and on celebrations of Martyr Saints. From USCCB, General Instructions from the Roman Missal.

At The Procession With Palms – Gospel 35 YEAR A MT 21:1-11

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

At The Mass IS 50:4-7

The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.

Responsorial PsalmPS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.

R. (2a)  My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
 revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”
R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Reading 2PHIL 2:6-11

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Verse Before The GospelPHIL 2:8-9

Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

GospelMT 26:14—27:66 OR 27:11-54

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity
to hand him over.

Duccio, Betrayal by Judas

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
He said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”’”
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

Duccio, Last Supper

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”

While they were eating,
Jesus took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and giving it to his disciples said,
“Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you,
for this is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed on behalf of many
for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it with you new
in the kingdom of my Father.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Then Jesus said to them,
“This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken,
for it is written:
I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed;

but after I have been raised up,
I shall go before you to Galilee.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Though all may have their faith in you shaken,
mine will never be.”
Jesus said to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
this very night before the cock crows,
you will deny me three times.”
Peter said to him,
“Even though I should have to die with you,
I will not deny you.”
And all the disciples spoke likewise.

Duccio, Apostles Asleep in the Garden

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,
and he said to his disciples,
“Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,
and began to feel sorrow and distress.
Then he said to them,
“My soul is sorrowful even to death.
Remain here and keep watch with me.”
He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying,
“My Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass from me;
yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep.
He said to Peter,
“So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again,
“My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass
without my drinking it, your will be done!”
Then he returned once more and found them asleep,
for they could not keep their eyes open.
He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time,
saying the same thing again.
Then he returned to his disciples and said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
Behold, the hour is at hand
when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
Get up, let us go.
Look, my betrayer is at hand.”

While he was still speaking,
Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived,
accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs,
who had come from the chief priests and the elders
of the people.
His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying,
“The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.”
Immediately he went over to Jesus and said,
“Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him.
Jesus answered him,
“Friend, do what you have come for.”
Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus
put his hand to his sword, drew it,
and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him,
“Put your sword back into its sheath,
for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father
and he will not provide me at this moment
with more than twelve legions of angels?
But then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled
which say that it must come to pass in this way?”
At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,
“Have you come out as against a robber,
with swords and clubs to seize me?
Day after day I sat teaching in the temple area,
yet you did not arrest me.
But all this has come to pass
that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled.”
Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Those who had arrested Jesus led him away
to Caiaphas the high priest,
where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
Peter was following him at a distance
as far as the high priest’s courtyard,
and going inside he sat down with the servants
to see the outcome.
The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin
kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus
in order to put him to death,
but they found none,
though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward who stated,
“This man said, ‘I can destroy the temple of God
and within three days rebuild it.’”
The high priest rose and addressed him,
“Have you no answer?
What are these men testifying against you?”
But Jesus was silent.
Then the high priest said to him,
“I order you to tell us under oath before the living God
whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“You have said so.
But I tell you:
From now on you will see ‘the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power’
and ‘coming on the clouds of heaven.’”
Then the high priest tore his robes and said,
“He has blasphemed!
What further need have we of witnesses?
You have now heard the blasphemy;
what is your opinion?”
They said in reply,
“He deserves to die!”
Then they spat in his face and struck him,
while some slapped him, saying,
“Prophesy for us, Christ: who is it that struck you?”
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard.
One of the maids came over to him and said,
“You too were with Jesus the Galilean.”
But he denied it in front of everyone, saying,
“I do not know what you are talking about!”
As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him
and said to those who were there,
“This man was with Jesus the Nazorean.”
Again he denied it with an oath,
“I do not know the man!”
A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter,
“Surely you too are one of them;
even your speech gives you away.”
At that he began to curse and to swear,
“I do not know the man.”
And immediately a cock crowed.
Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken:
“Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.”
He went out and began to weep bitterly.

When it was morning,
all the chief priests and the elders of the people
took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
They bound him, led him away,
and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.

Duccio Christ Before Pilate

Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned,
deeply regretted what he had done.
He returned the thirty pieces of silver
to the chief priests and elders, saying,
“I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.”
They said,
“What is that to us?
Look to it yourself.”
Flinging the money into the temple,
he departed and went off and hanged himself.
The chief priests gathered up the money, but said,
“It is not lawful to deposit this in the temple treasury,
for it is the price of blood.”
After consultation, they used it to buy the potter’s field
as a burial place for foreigners.
That is why that field even today is called the Field of Blood.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah
the prophet,
And they took the thirty pieces of silver,
the value of a man with a price on his head,
a price set by some of the Israelites,
and they paid it out for the potter’s field
just as the Lord had commanded me.

Now Jesus stood before the governor, and he questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus said, “You say so.”
And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders,
he made no answer.
Then Pilate said to him,
“Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?”
But he did not answer him one word,
so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now on the occasion of the feast
the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd
one prisoner whom they wished.
And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them,
“Which one do you want me to release to you,
Barabbas, or Jesus called Christ?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that they had handed him over.
While he was still seated on the bench,
his wife sent him a message,
“Have nothing to do with that righteous man.
I suffered much in a dream today because of him.”
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds
to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.
The governor said to them in reply,
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They answered, Barabbas!”
Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Jesus called Christ?”
They all said,
“Let him be crucified!”
But he said,
“Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder,
“Let him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all,
but that a riot was breaking out instead,
he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd,
saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.
Look to it yourselves.”
And the whole people said in reply,
“His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Then he released Barabbas to them,
but after he had Jesus scourged,
he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium
and gathered the whole cohort around him.
They stripped off his clothes
and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head,
and a reed in his right hand.
And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
They spat upon him and took the reed
and kept striking him on the head.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him off to crucify him.

Duccio, The Flagellation

As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon;
this man they pressed into service
to carry his cross.

And when they came to a place called Golgotha
¬—which means Place of the Skull —,
they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall.
But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.
After they had crucified him,
they divided his garments by casting lots;
then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
And they placed over his head the written charge against him:
This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.
Two revolutionaries were crucified with him,
one on his right and the other on his left.
Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying,
“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself, if you are the Son of God,
and come down from the cross!”
Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
So he is the king of Israel!
Let him come down from the cross now,
and we will believe in him.
He trusted in God;
let him deliver him now if he wants him.
For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
The revolutionaries who were crucified with him
also kept abusing him in the same way.

From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“This one is calling for Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge;
he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed,
gave it to him to drink.
But the rest said,
“Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.”
But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice,
and gave up his spirit.

Duccio, The Crucifixion

And behold, the veil of the sanctuary
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened,
and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection,
they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus
feared greatly when they saw the earthquake
and all that was happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”
There were many women there, looking on from a distance,
who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.
Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph,
and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

When it was evening,
there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph,
who was himself a disciple of Jesus.
He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus;
then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.
Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen
and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.
Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb
and departed.
But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
remained sitting there, facing the tomb.

The next day, the one following the day of preparation,
the chief priests and the Pharisees
gathered before Pilate and said,
“Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said,
‘After three days I will be raised up.’
Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day,
lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people,
‘He has been raised from the dead.’
This last imposture would be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them,
“The guard is yours;
go, secure it as best you can.”
So they went and secured the tomb
by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.

or

Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate, who questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus said, “You say so.”
And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders,
he made no answer.
Then Pilate said to him,
“Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?”
But he did not answer him one word,
so that the governor was greatly amazed.

Now on the occasion of the feast
the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd
one prisoner whom they wished.
And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them,
“Which one do you want me to release to you,
Barabbas, or Jesus called Christ?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that they had handed him over.
While he was still seated on the bench,
his wife sent him a message,
“Have nothing to do with that righteous man.
I suffered much in a dream today because of him.”
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds
to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.
The governor said to them in reply,
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They answered, ABarabbas!”
Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Jesus called Christ?”
They all said,
“Let him be crucified!”
But he said,
“Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder,
“Let him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all,
but that a riot was breaking out instead,
he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd,
saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.
Look to it yourselves.”
And the whole people said in reply,
“His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Then he released Barabbas to them,
but after he had Jesus scourged,
he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium
and gathered the whole cohort around him.
They stripped off his clothes
and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head,
and a reed in his right hand.
And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
They spat upon him and took the reed
and kept striking him on the head.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him off to crucify him.

As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon;
this man they pressed into service
to carry his cross.

And when they came to a place called Golgotha
— which means Place of the Skull —,
they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall.
But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.
After they had crucified him,
they divided his garments by casting lots;
then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
And they placed over his head the written charge against him:
This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.
Two revolutionaries were crucified with him,
one on his right and the other on his left.
Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying,
“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself, if you are the Son of God,
and come down from the cross!”
Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
So he is the king of Israel!
Let him come down from the cross now,
and we will believe in him.
He trusted in God;
let him deliver him now if he wants him.
For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
The revolutionaries who were crucified with him
also kept abusing him in the same way.

From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“This one is calling for Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge;
he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed,
gave it to him to drink.
But the rest said,
‘Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.”
But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice,
and gave up his spirit.

And behold, the veil of the sanctuary
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened,
and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection,
they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus
feared greatly when they saw the earthquake
and all that was happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”

Duccio, Crucifixion

Pope Francis : Urbi et Orbi Message

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves. In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”?Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”?Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).

Domingo de Ramos "De la pasión del Señor" – 5 de Abril, 2020

Evangelio

Mt 21, 1-11

Cuando se aproximaban ya a Jerusalén, al llegar a Betfagé, junto al monte de los Olivos, envió Jesús a dos de sus discípulos, diciéndoles: “Vayan al pueblo que ven allí enfrente; al entrar, encontrarán amarrada una burra y un burrito con ella; desátenlos y tráiganmelos. Si alguien les pregunta algo, díganle que el Señor los necesita y enseguida los devolverá”.

Esto sucedió para que se cumplieran las palabras del profeta: Díganle a la hija de Sión: He aquí que tu rey viene a ti, apacible y montado en un burro, en un burrito, hijo de animal de yugo.

Fueron, pues, los discípulos e hicieron lo que Jesús les había encargado y trajeron consigo la burra y el burrito. Luego pusieron sobre ellos sus mantos y Jesús se sentó encima. La gente, muy numerosa, extendía sus mantos por el camino; algunos cortaban ramas de los árboles y las tendían a su paso. Los que iban delante de él y los que lo seguían gritaban: “¡Hosanna! ¡Viva el Hijo de David! ¡Bendito el que viene en nombre del Señor! ¡Hosanna en el cielo!”

Al entrar Jesús en Jerusalén, toda la ciudad se conmovió. Unos decían: “¿Quién es éste?” Y la gente respondía: “Éste es el profeta Jesús, de Nazaret de Galilea”.

La Misa
 

Primera Lectura

Is 50, 4-7

En aquel entonces, dijo Isaías:
“El Señor me ha dado una lengua experta,
para que pueda confortar al abatido
con palabras de aliento.

Mañana tras mañana, el Señor despierta mi oído,
para que escuche yo, como discípulo.
El Señor Dios me ha hecho oír sus palabras
y yo no he opuesto resistencia
ni me he echado para atrás.

Ofrecí la espalda a los que me golpeaban,
la mejilla a los que me tiraban de la barba.
No aparté mi rostro de los insultos y salivazos.

Pero el Señor me ayuda,
por eso no quedaré confundido,
por eso endurecí mi rostro como roca
y sé que no quedaré avergonzado”.

Segunda Lectura

Flp 2, 6-11

Cristo, siendo Dios,
no consideró que debía aferrarse
a las prerrogativas de su condición divina,
sino que, por el contrario, se anonadó a sí mismo,
tomando la condición de siervo,
y se hizo semejante a los hombres.
Así, hecho uno de ellos, se humilló a sí mismo
y por obediencia aceptó incluso la muerte,
y una muerte de cruz.Por eso Dios lo exaltó sobre todas las cosas
y le otorgó el nombre que está sobre todo nombre,
para que, al nombre de Jesús, todos doblen la rodilla
en el cielo, en la tierra y en los abismos,
y todos reconozcan públicamente que Jesucristo es el Señor,
para gloria de Dios Padre.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Flp 2, 8-9

R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.
Cristo se humilló por nosotros
y por obediencia aceptó incluso la muerte,
y una muerte de cruz.
Por eso Dios lo exaltó sobre todas las cosas
y le otorgó el nombre que está sobre todo nombre.
R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 21, 8-9. 17-18a. 19-20. 23-24

R. (2a) Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?
Todos los que me ven, de mí se burlan;
me hacen gestos y dicen:
“Confiaba en el Señor, pues que él lo salve;
si de veras lo ama, que lo libre”.
R. Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?
Los malvados me cercan por doquiera
como rabiosos perros.
Mis manos y mis pies han taladrado
y se puedan contar todos mis huesos.
R. Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?
Reparten entre sí mis vestiduras
y se juegan mi túnica a los dados.
Señor, auxilio mío, ven y ayudarme,
no te quedes de mí tan alejado.
R. Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?
Contaré tu fama a mis hermanos,
en medio de la asamblea te alabaré.
Fieles del Señor, alábenlo;
glorificarlo, linaje de Jacob,
témelo, estirpe de Israel.
R. Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?


Evangelio

Mt 26, 14–27, 66

En aquel tiempo, uno de los Doce, llamado Judas Iscariote, fue a ver a los sumos sacerdotes y les dijo: “¿Cuánto me dan si les entrego a Jesús?” Ellos quedaron en darle treinta monedas de plata. Y desde ese momento andaba buscando una oportunidad para entregárselo.

El primer día de la fiesta de los panes Ázimos, los discípulos se acercaron a Jesús y le preguntaron: “¿Dónde quieres que te preparemos la cena de Pascua?” Él respondió: “Vayan a la ciudad, a casa de fulano y díganle: ‘El Maestro dice: Mi hora está ya cerca. Voy a celebrar la Pascua con mis discípulos en tu casa’ ”. Ellos hicieron lo que Jesús les había ordenado y prepararon la cena de Pascua.

Al atardecer, se sentó a la mesa con los Doce, y mientras cenaban, les dijo: “Yo les aseguro que uno de ustedes va a entregarme”. Ellos se pusieron muy tristes y comenzaron a preguntarle uno por uno: “¿Acaso soy yo, Señor?” Él respondió: “El que moja su pan en el mismo plato que yo, ése va a entregarme. Porque el Hijo del hombre va a morir, como está escrito de él; pero ¡ay de aquel por quien el Hijo del hombre va a ser entregado! Más le valiera a ese hombre no haber nacido”. Entonces preguntó Judas, el que lo iba a entregar: “¿Acaso soy yo, Maestro?” Jesús le respondió: “Tú lo has dicho”.

Durante la cena, Jesús tomó un pan y, pronunciada la bendición, lo partió y lo dio a sus discípulos, diciendo: “Tomen y coman. Éste es mi Cuerpo”. Luego tomó en sus manos una copa de vino y, pronunciada la acción de gracias, la pasó a sus discípulos, diciendo: “Beban todos de ella, porque ésta es mi Sangre, Sangre de la nueva alianza, que será derramada por todos, para el perdón de los pecados. Les digo que ya no beberé más del fruto de la vid, hasta el día en que beba con ustedes el vino nuevo en el Reino de mi Padre”.

Después de haber cantado el himno, salieron hacia el monte de los Olivos. Entonces Jesús les dijo: “Todos ustedes se van a escandalizar de mí esta noche, porque está escrito: Heriré al pastor y se dispersarán las ovejas del rebaño. Pero después de que yo resucite, iré delante de ustedes a Galilea”. Entonces Pedro le replicó: “Aunque todos se escandalicen de ti, yo nunca me escandalizaré”. Jesús le dijo: “Yo te aseguro que esta misma noche, antes de que el gallo cante, me habrás negado tres veces”. Pedro le replicó: “Aunque tenga que morir contigo, no te negaré”. Y lo mismo dijeron todos los discípulos.

Entonces Jesús fue con ellos a un lugar llamado Getsemaní y dijo a los discípulos: “Quédense aquí mientras yo voy a orar más allá”. Se llevó consigo a Pedro y a los dos hijos de Zebedeo y comenzó a sentir tristeza y angustia. Entonces les dijo: “Mi alma está llena de una tristeza mortal. Quédense aquí y velen conmigo”. Avanzó unos pasos más, se postró rostro en tierra y comenzó a orar, diciendo: “Padre mío, si es posible, que pase de mí este cáliz; pero que no se haga como yo quiero, sino como quieres tú”.

Volvió entonces a donde estaban los discípulos y los encontró dormidos. Dijo a Pedro: “¿No han podido velar conmigo ni una hora? Velen y oren, para no caer en la tentación, porque el espíritu está pronto, pero la carne es débil”. Y alejándose de nuevo, se puso a orar, diciendo: “Padre mío, si este cáliz no puede pasar sin que yo lo beba, hágase tu voluntad”. Después volvió y encontró a sus discípulos otra vez dormidos, porque tenían los ojos cargados de sueño. Los dejó y se fue a orar de nuevo, por tercera vez, repitiendo las mismas palabras. Después de esto, volvió a donde estaban los discípulos y les dijo: “Duerman ya y descansen. He aquí que llega la hora y el Hijo del hombre va a ser entregado en manos de los pecadores. ¡Levántense! ¡Vamos! Ya está aquí el que me va a entregar”.

Todavía estaba hablando Jesús, cuando llegó Judas, uno de los Doce, seguido de una chusma numerosa con espadas y palos, enviada por los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos del pueblo. El que lo iba a entregar les había dado esta señal: “Aquel a quien yo le dé un beso, ése es. Aprehéndanlo”. Al instante se acercó a Jesús y le dijo: “¡Buenas noches, Maestro!” Y lo besó. Jesús le dijo: “Amigo, ¿es esto a lo que has venido?” Entonces se acercaron a Jesús, le echaron mano y lo apresaron.

Uno de los que estaban con Jesús, sacó la espada, hirió a un criado del sumo sacerdote y le cortó una oreja. Le dijo entonces Jesús: “Vuelve la espada a su lugar, pues quien usa la espada, a espada morirá. ¿No crees que si yo se lo pidiera a mi Padre, él pondría ahora mismo a mi disposición más de doce legiones de ángeles? Pero, ¿cómo se cumplirían entonces las Escrituras, que dicen que así debe suceder?” Enseguida dijo Jesús a aquella chusma: “¿Han salido ustedes a apresarme como a un bandido, con espadas y palos? Todos los días yo enseñaba, sentado en el templo, y no me aprehendieron. Pero todo esto ha sucedido para que se cumplieran las predicciones de los profetas”. Entonces todos los discípulos lo abandonaron y huyeron.

Los que aprehendieron a Jesús lo llevaron a la casa del sumo sacerdote Caifás, donde los escribas y los ancianos estaban reunidos. Pedro los fue siguiendo de lejos hasta el palacio del sumo sacerdote. Entró y se sentó con los criados para ver en qué paraba aquello.

Los sumos sacerdotes y todo el sanedrín andaban buscando un falso testimonio contra Jesús, con ánimo de darle muerte; pero no lo encontraron, aunque se presentaron muchos testigos falsos. Al fin llegaron dos, que dijeron: “Éste dijo: ‘Puedo derribar el templo de Dios y reconstruirlo en tres días’ ”. Entonces el sumo sacerdote se levantó y le dijo: “¿No respondes nada a lo que éstos atestiguan en contra tuya?” Como Jesús callaba, el sumo sacerdote le dijo: “Te conjuro por el Dios vivo a que nos digas si tú eres el Mesías, el Hijo de Dios”. Jesús le respondió: “Tú lo has dicho. Además, yo les declaro que pronto verán al Hijo del hombre, sentado a la derecha de Dios, venir sobre las nubes del cielo”.

Entonces el sumo sacerdote rasgó sus vestiduras y exclamó: “¡Ha blasfemado! ¿Qué necesidad tenemos ya de testigos? Ustedes mismos han oído la blasfemia. ¿Qué les parece?” Ellos respondieron: “Es reo de muerte”. Luego comenzaron a escupirle en la cara y a darle de bofetadas. Otros lo golpeaban, diciendo: “Adivina quién es el que te ha pegado”.

Entretanto, Pedro estaba fuera, sentado en el patio. Una criada se le acercó y le dijo: “Tú también estabas con Jesús, el galileo”. Pero él lo negó ante todos, diciendo: “No sé de qué me estás hablando”. Ya se iba hacia el zaguán, cuando lo vio otra criada y dijo a los que estaban ahí: “También ése andaba con Jesús, el nazareno”. Él de nuevo lo negó con juramento: “No conozco a ese hombre”. Poco después se acercaron a Pedro los que estaban ahí y le dijeron: “No cabe duda de que tú también eres de ellos, pues hasta tu modo de hablar te delata”. Entonces él comenzó a echar maldiciones y a jurar que no conocía a aquel hombre. Y en aquel momento cantó el gallo. Entonces se acordó Pedro de que Jesús había dicho: ‘Antes de que cante el gallo, me habrás negado tres veces’. Y saliendo de ahí se soltó a llorar amargamente.

Llegada la mañana, todos los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos del pueblo celebraron consejo contra Jesús para darle muerte. Después de atarlo, lo llevaron ante el procurador, Poncio Pilato, y se lo entregaron.

Entonces Judas, el que lo había entregado, viendo que Jesús había sido condenado a muerte, devolvió arrepentido las treinta monedas de plata a los sumos sacerdotes y a los ancianos, diciendo: “Pequé, entregando la sangre de un inocente”. Ellos dijeron: “¿Y a nosotros qué nos importa? Allá tú”. Entonces Judas arrojó las monedas de plata en el templo, se fue y se ahorcó.

Los sumos sacerdotes tomaron las monedas de plata y dijeron: “No es lícito juntarlas con el dinero de las limosnas, porque son precio de sangre”. Después de deliberar, compraron con ellas el Campo del alfarero, para sepultar ahí a los extranjeros. Por eso aquel campo se llama hasta el día de hoy “Campo de sangre”. Así se cumplió lo que dijo el profeta Jeremías: Tomaron las treinta monedas de plata en que fue tasado aquel a quien pusieron precio algunos hijos de Israel, y las dieron por el Campo del alfarero, según lo que me ordenó el Señor.

Jesús compareció ante el procurador, Poncio Pilato, quien le preguntó: “¿Eres tú el rey de los judíos?” Jesús respondió: “Tú lo has dicho”. Pero nada respondió a las acusaciones que le hacían los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos. Entonces le dijo Pilato: “¿No oyes todo lo que dicen contra ti?” Pero él nada respondió, hasta el punto de que el procurador se quedó muy extrañado. Con ocasión de la fiesta de la Pascua, el procurador solía conceder a la multitud la libertad del preso que quisieran. Tenían entonces un preso famoso, llamado Barrabás. Dijo, pues, Pilato a los ahí reunidos: “¿A quién quieren que les deje en libertad: a Barrabás o a Jesús, que se dice el Mesías?” Pilato sabía que se lo habían entregado por envidia.

Estando él sentado en el tribunal, su mujer mandó decirle: “No te metas con ese hombre justo, porque hoy he sufrido mucho en sueños por su causa”.

Mientras tanto, los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos convencieron a la muchedumbre de que pidieran la libertad de Barrabás y la muerte de Jesús. Así, cuando el procurador les preguntó: “¿A cuál de los dos quieren que les suelte?” Ellos respondieron: “A Barrabás”. Pilato les dijo: “¿Y qué voy a hacer con Jesús, que se dice el Mesías?” Respondieron todos: “Crucifícalo”. Pilato preguntó: “Pero, ¿qué mal ha hecho?” Mas ellos seguían gritando cada vez con más fuerza: “¡Crucifícalo!” Entonces Pilato, viendo que nada conseguía y que crecía el tumulto, pidió agua y se lavó las manos ante el pueblo, diciendo: “Yo no me hago responsable de la muerte de este hombre justo. Allá ustedes”. Todo el pueblo respondió: “¡Que su sangre caiga sobre nosotros y sobre nuestros hijos!” Entonces Pilato puso en libertad a Barrabás. En cambio a Jesús lo hizo azotar y lo entregó para que lo crucificaran.

Los soldados del procurador llevaron a Jesús al pretorio y reunieron alrededor de él a todo el batallón. Lo desnudaron, le echaron encima un manto de púrpura, trenzaron una corona de espinas y se la pusieron en la cabeza; le pusieron una caña en su mano derecha y, arrodillándose ante él, se burlaban diciendo: “¡Viva el rey de los judíos!”, y le escupían. Luego, quitándole la caña, lo golpeaban con ella en la cabeza. Después de que se burlaron de él, le quitaron el manto, le pusieron sus ropas y lo llevaron a crucificar.

Al salir, encontraron a un hombre de Cirene, llamado Simón, y lo obligaron a llevar la cruz. Al llegar a un lugar llamado Gólgota, es decir, “Lugar de la Calavera”, le dieron a beber a Jesús vino mezclado con hiel; él lo probó, pero no lo quiso beber. Los que lo crucificaron se repartieron sus vestidos, echando suertes, y se quedaron sentados ahí para custodiarlo. Sobre su cabeza pusieron por escrito la causa de su condena: ‘Éste es Jesús, el rey de los judíos’. Juntamente con él, crucificaron a dos ladrones, uno a su derecha y el otro a su izquierda.

Los que pasaban por ahí lo insultaban moviendo la cabeza y gritándole: “Tú, que destruyes el templo y en tres días lo reedificas, sálvate a ti mismo; si eres el Hijo de Dios, baja de la cruz”. También se burlaban de él los sumos sacerdotes, los escribas y los ancianos, diciendo: “Ha salvado a otros y no puede salvarse a sí mismo. Si es el rey de Israel, que baje de la cruz y creeremos en él. Ha puesto su confianza en Dios, que Dios lo salve ahora, si es que de verdad lo ama, pues él ha dicho: ‘Soy el Hijo de Dios’ ”. Hasta los ladrones que estaban crucificados a su lado lo injuriaban.

Desde el mediodía hasta las tres de la tarde, se oscureció toda aquella tierra. Y alrededor de las tres, Jesús exclamó con fuerte voz: “Elí, Elí, ¿lemá sabactaní?”, que quiere decir: “Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?” Algunos de los presentes, al oírlo, decían: “Está llamando a Elías”.

Enseguida uno de ellos fue corriendo a tomar una esponja, la empapó en vinagre y sujetándola a una caña, le ofreció de beber. Pero los otros le dijeron: “Déjalo. Vamos a ver si viene Elías a salvarlo”. Entonces Jesús, dando de nuevo un fuerte grito, expiró.

Aquí todos se arrodillan y guardan silencio por unos instantes.

Entonces el velo del templo se rasgó en dos partes, de arriba a abajo, la tierra tembló y las rocas se partieron. Se abrieron los sepulcros y resucitaron muchos justos que habían muerto, y después de la resurrección de Jesús, entraron en la ciudad santa y se aparecieron a mucha gente. Por su parte, el oficial y los que estaban con él custodiando a Jesús, al ver el terremoto y las cosas que ocurrían, se llenaron de un gran temor y dijeron: “Verdaderamente éste era Hijo de Dios”.

Estaban también allí, mirando desde lejos, muchas de las mujeres que habían seguido a Jesús desde Galilea para servirlo. Entre ellas estaban María Magdalena, María, la madre de Santiago y de José, y la madre de los hijos de Zebedeo.

Al atardecer, vino un hombre rico de Arimatea, llamado José, que se había hecho también discípulo de Jesús. Se presentó a Pilato y le pidió el cuerpo de Jesús, y Pilato dio orden de que se lo entregaran. José tomó el cuerpo, lo envolvió en una sábana limpia y lo depositó en un sepulcro nuevo, que había hecho excavar en la roca para sí mismo. Hizo rodar una gran piedra hasta la entrada del sepulcro y se retiró. Estaban ahí María Magdalena y la otra María, sentadas frente al sepulcro.

Al otro día, el siguiente de la preparación de la Pascua, los sumos sacerdotes y los fariseos se reunieron ante Pilato y le dijeron: “Señor, nos hemos acordado de que ese impostor, estando aún en vida, dijo: ‘A los tres días resucitaré’. Manda, pues, asegurar el sepulcro hasta el tercer día; no sea que vengan sus discípulos, lo roben y digan luego al pueblo: ‘Resucitó de entre los muertos’, porque esta última impostura sería peor que la primera”. Pilato les dijo: “Tomen un pelotón de soldados, vayan y aseguren el sepulcro como ustedes quieran”. Ellos fueron y aseguraron el sepulcro, poniendo un sello sobre la puerta y dejaron ahí la guardia.

O bien:
Mt 27, 11-54

Jesús compareció ante el procurador, Poncio Pilato, quien le preguntó: “¿Eres tú el rey de los judíos?” Jesús respondió: “Tú lo has dicho”. Pero nada respondió a las acusaciones que le hacían los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos. Entonces le dijo Pilato: “¿No oyes todo lo que dicen contra ti?” Pero él nada respondió, hasta el punto de que el procurador se quedó muy extrañado. Con ocasión de la fiesta de la Pascua, el procurador solía conceder a la multitud la libertad del preso que quisieran. Tenían entonces un preso famoso, llamado Barrabás. Dijo, pues, Pilato a los ahí reunidos: “¿A quién quieren que les deje en libertad: a Barrabás o a Jesús, que se dice el Mesías?” Pilato sabía que se lo habían entregado por envidia.

Estando él sentado en el tribunal, su mujer mandó decirle: “No te metas con ese hombre justo, porque hoy he sufrido mucho en sueños por su causa”.

Mientras tanto, los sumos sacerdotes y los ancianos convencieron a la muchedumbre de que pidieran la libertad de Barrabás y la muerte de Jesús. Así, cuando el procurador les preguntó: “¿A cuál de los dos quieren que les suelte?” Ellos respondieron: “A Barrabás”. Pilato les dijo: “¿Y qué voy a hacer con Jesús, que se dice el Mesías?” Respondieron todos: “Crucifícalo”. Pilato preguntó: “Pero, ¿qué mal ha hecho?” Mas ellos seguían gritando cada vez con más fuerza: “¡Crucifícalo!” Entonces Pilato, viendo que nada conseguía y que crecía el tumulto, pidió agua y se lavó las manos ante el pueblo, diciendo: “Yo no me hago responsable de la muerte de este hombre justo. Allá ustedes”. Todo el pueblo respondió: “¡Que su sangre caiga sobre nosotros y sobre nuestros hijos!” Entonces Pilato puso en libertad a Barrabás. En cambio a Jesús lo hizo azotar y lo entregó para que lo crucificaran.

Los soldados del procurador llevaron a Jesús al pretorio y reunieron alrededor de él a todo el batallón. Lo desnudaron, le echaron encima un manto de púrpura, trenzaron una corona de espinas y se la pusieron en la cabeza; le pusieron una caña en su mano derecha y, arrodillándose ante él, se burlaban diciendo: “¡Viva el rey de los judíos!”, y le escupían. Luego, quitándole la caña, lo golpeaban con ella en la cabeza. Después de que se burlaron de él, le quitaron el manto, le pusieron sus ropas y lo llevaron a crucificar.

Al salir, encontraron a un hombre de Cirene, llamado Simón, y lo obligaron a llevar la cruz. Al llegar a un lugar llamado Gólgota, es decir, “Lugar de la Calavera”, le dieron a beber a Jesús vino mezclado con hiel; él lo probó, pero no lo quiso beber. Los que lo crucificaron se repartieron sus vestidos, echando suertes, y se quedaron sentados ahí para custodiarlo. Sobre su cabeza pusieron por escrito la causa de su condena: ‘Éste es Jesús, el rey de los judíos’. Juntamente con él, crucificaron a dos ladrones, uno a su derecha y el otro a su izquierda.

Los que pasaban por ahí lo insultaban moviendo la cabeza y gritándole: “Tú, que destruyes el templo y en tres días lo reedificas, sálvate a ti mismo; si eres el Hijo de Dios, baja de la cruz”. También se burlaban de él los sumos sacerdotes, los escribas y los ancianos, diciendo: “Ha salvado a otros y no puede salvarse a sí mismo. Si es el rey de Israel, que baje de la cruz y creeremos en él. Ha puesto su confianza en Dios, que Dios lo salve ahora, si es que de verdad lo ama, pues él ha dicho: ‘Soy el Hijo de Dios’ ”. Hasta los ladrones que estaban crucificados a su lado lo injuriaban.

Desde el mediodía hasta las tres de la tarde, se oscureció toda aquella tierra. Y alrededor de las tres, Jesús exclamó con fuerte voz: “Elí, Elí, ¿lemá sabactaní?”, que quiere decir: “Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?” Algunos de los presentes, al oírlo, decían: “Está llamando a Elías”.

Enseguida uno de ellos fue corriendo a tomar una esponja, la empapó en vinagre y sujetándola a una caña, le ofreció de beber. Pero los otros le dijeron: “Déjalo. Vamos a ver si viene Elías a salvarlo”. Entonces Jesús, dando de nuevo un fuerte grito, expiró.

Aquí todos se arrodillan y guardan silencio por unos instantes.

Entonces el velo del templo se rasgó en dos partes, de arriba a abajo, la tierra tembló y las rocas se partieron. Se abrieron los sepulcros y resucitaron muchos justos que habían muerto, y después de la resurrección de Jesús, entraron en la ciudad santa y se aparecieron a mucha gente. Por su parte, el oficial y los que estaban con él custodiando a Jesús, al ver el terremoto y las cosas que ocurrían, se llenaron de un gran temor y dijeron: “Verdaderamente éste era Hijo de Dios”.

The Lord's Supper – Holy Thursday, April 09, 2020

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Lectionary: 39

Reading 1EX 12:1-8, 11-14

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth of this month every one of your families
must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month,
and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

“This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every firstborn of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.

“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18.

R. (cf. 1 Cor 10:16)  Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
 in the presence of all his people.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Reading 21 COR 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Verse Before The GospelJN 13:34

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
love one another as I have loved you.

GospelJN 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
     for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion – April 10, 2020

Reading 1IS 52:13—53:12

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at himC
so marred was his look beyond human semblance
and his appearance beyond that of the sons of manC
so shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses.

Responsorial PsalmPS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

R.   (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R.   Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.
R.  Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”
R.  Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Reading 2HEB 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

In the days when Christ was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Verse Before The GospelPHIL 2:8-9

Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.

GospelJN 18:1—19:42

Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley
to where there was a garden,
into which he and his disciples entered.
Judas his betrayer also knew the place,
because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards
from the chief priests and the Pharisees
and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him,
went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?”
They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.”
He said to them, “I AM.”
Judas his betrayer was also with them.
When he said to them, “I AM, “
they turned away and fell to the ground.
So he again asked them,
“Whom are you looking for?”
They said, “Jesus the Nazorean.”
Jesus answered,
“I told you that I AM.
So if you are looking for me, let these men go.”
This was to fulfill what he had said,
“I have not lost any of those you gave me.”
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it,
struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear.
The slave’s name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter,
“Put your sword into its scabbard.
Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”

So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus,
bound him, and brought him to Annas first.
He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year.
It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews
that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.
Now the other disciple was known to the high priest,
and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.
But Peter stood at the gate outside.
So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest,
 
went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.
Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,
“You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire
that they had made, because it was cold,
and were warming themselves.
Peter was also standing there keeping warm.

The high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and about his doctrine.
Jesus answered him,
“I have spoken publicly to the world.
I have always taught in a synagogue
or in the temple area where all the Jews gather,
and in secret I have said nothing.  Why ask me?
Ask those who heard me what I said to them.
They know what I said.”
When he had said this,
one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,
“Is this the way you answer the high priest?”
Jesus answered him,
“If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong;
but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”
Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm.
And they said to him,
“You are not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it and said,
“I am not.”
One of the slaves of the high priest,
a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,
“Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”
Again Peter denied it.
And immediately the cock crowed.

Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium.
It was morning.
And they themselves did not enter the praetorium,
in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover.
So Pilate came out to them and said,
“What charge do you bring against this man?”
They answered and said to him,
“If he were not a criminal,
we would not have handed him over to you.”
At this, Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
The Jews answered him,
“We do not have the right to execute anyone, “
 
in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled
that he said indicating the kind of death he would die.
So Pilate went back into the praetorium
and summoned Jesus and said to him,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered,
“Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered,
“I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered,
“My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him,
“Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered,
“You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this,
he again went out to the Jews and said to them,
“I find no guilt in him.
But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.
Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
They cried out again,
“Not this one but Barabbas!”
Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.

Pilate Washes His Hands

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.
And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head,
and clothed him in a purple cloak,
and they came to him and said,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
And they struck him repeatedly.
Once more Pilate went out and said to them,
“Look, I am bringing him out to you,
so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.”
So Jesus came out,
wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.
And he said to them, “Behold, the man!”
When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,
“Crucify him, crucify him!”
 
Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves and crucify him.
I find no guilt in him.”
The Jews answered,
“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die,
because he made himself the Son of God.”
Now when Pilate heard this statement,
he became even more afraid,
and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,
“Where are you from?”
Jesus did not answer him.
So Pilate said to him,
“Do you not speak to me?
Do you not know that I have power to release you
and I have power to crucify you?”
Jesus answered him,
“You would have no power over me
if it had not been given to you from above.
For this reason the one who handed me over to you
has the greater sin.”
Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,
“If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar.
Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”

When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out
and seated him on the judge’s bench
in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon.
And he said to the Jews,
“Behold, your king!”
They cried out,
“Take him away, take him away!  Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them,
“Shall I crucify your king?”
The chief priests answered,
“We have no king but Caesar.”
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself,
he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,
in Hebrew, Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others,
one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.
It read,
“Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.”
Now many of the Jews read this inscription,
because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;
and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,

“Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’
but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.”
Pilate answered,
“What I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus,
they took his clothes and divided them into four shares,
a share for each soldier.
They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless,
woven in one piece from the top down.
So they said to one another,
“Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be, “
in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says:
They divided my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.

This is what the soldiers did.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and that they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

After this, Joseph of Arimathea,
secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,
asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.
And Pilate permitted it.
So he came and took his body.
Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,
also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
weighing about one hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus
and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices,
according to the Jewish burial custom.
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.
So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day;
for the tomb was close by.

Misa vespertina de la Cena del Señor – 9 de Abril, 2020

Primera lectura

Ex 12, 1-8. 11-14

En aquellos días, el Señor les dijo a Moisés y a Aarón en tierra de Egipto: “Este mes será para ustedes el primero de todos los meses y el principio del año. Díganle a toda la comunidad de Israel: ‘El día diez de este mes, tomará cada uno un cordero por familia, uno por casa. Si la familia es demasiado pequeña para comérselo, que se junte con los vecinos y elija un cordero adecuado al número de personas y a la cantidad que cada cual pueda comer. Será un animal sin defecto, macho, de un año, cordero o cabrito.

Lo guardarán hasta el día catorce del mes, cuando toda la comunidad de los hijos de Israel lo inmolará al atardecer. Tomarán la sangre y rociarán las dos jambas y el dintel de la puerta de la casa donde vayan a comer el cordero. Esa noche comerán la carne, asada a fuego; comerán panes sin levadura y hierbas amargas. Comerán así: con la cintura ceñida, las sandalias en los pies, un bastón en la mano y a toda prisa, porque es la Pascua, es decir, el paso del Señor.

Yo pasaré esa noche por la tierra de Egipto y heriré a todos los primogénitos del país de Egipto, desde los hombres hasta los ganados. Castigaré a todos los dioses de Egipto, yo, el Señor. La sangre les servirá de señal en las casas donde habitan ustedes. Cuando yo vea la sangre, pasaré de largo y no habrá entre ustedes plaga exterminadora, cuando hiera yo la tierra de Egipto.

Ese día será para ustedes un memorial y lo celebrarán como fiesta en honor del Señor. De generación en generación celebrarán esta festividad, como institución perpetua’ ”.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 115, 12-13. 15-16bc. 17-18

R. (cf. 1 Co 10, 16) Gracias, Señor, por tu sangre que nos lava.
¿Cómo le pagaré al Señor
todo el bien que me ha hecho?
Levantaré el cáliz de salvación,
e invocaré el nombre del Señor.
R. Gracias, Señor, por tu sangre que nos lava.
A los ojos del Señor es muy penoso
que mueran sus amigos.
De la muerte, Señor, me has librado,
a mí, tu esclavo e hijo de tu esclava.
R. Gracias, Señor, por tu sangre que nos lava.
Te ofreceré con gratitud un sacrificio
e invocaré tu nombre.
Cumpliré mis promesas al Señor
Ante todo su pueblo.
R. Gracias, Señor, por tu sangre que nos lava.


Segunda lectura

1 Cor 11, 23-26

Hermanos: Yo recibí del Señor lo mismo que les he trasmitido: que el Señor Jesús, la noche en que iba a ser entregado, tomó pan en sus manos, y pronunciando la acción de gracias, lo partió y dijo: “Esto es mi cuerpo, que se entrega por ustedes. Hagan esto en memoria mía”.

Lo mismo hizo con el cáliz después de cenar, diciendo: “Este cáliz es la nueva alianza que se sella con mi sangre. Hagan esto en memoria mía siempre que beban de él”.

Por eso, cada vez que ustedes comen de este pan y beben de este cáliz, proclaman la muerte del Señor, hasta que vuelva.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Jn 13, 34

R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.
Les doy un mandamiento nuevo, dice el Señor,
que se amen los unos a los otros, como yo los he amado.
R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.


Evangelio

Jn 13, 1-15

Antes de la fiesta de la Pascua, sabiendo Jesús que había llegado la hora de pasar de este mundo al Padre y habiendo amado a los suyos, que estaban en el mundo, los amó hasta el extremo.

En el transcurso de la cena, cuando ya el diablo había puesto en el corazón de Judas Iscariote, hijo de Simón, la idea de entregarlo, Jesús, consciente de que el Padre había puesto en sus manos todas las cosas y sabiendo que había salido de Dios y a Dios volvía, se levantó de la mesa, se quitó el manto y tomando una toalla, se la ciñó; luego echó agua en una jofaina y se puso a lavarles los pies a los discípulos y a secárselos con la toalla que se había ceñido.

Cuando llegó a Simón Pedro, éste le dijo: “Señor, ¿me vas a lavar tú a mí los pies?” Jesús le replicó: “Lo que estoy haciendo tú no lo entiendes ahora, pero lo comprenderás más tarde”. Pedro le dijo: “Tú no me lavarás los pies jamás”. Jesús le contestó: “Si no te lavo, no tendrás parte conmigo”. Entonces le dijo Simón Pedro: “En ese caso, Señor, no sólo los pies, sino también las manos y la cabeza”. Jesús le dijo: “El que se ha bañado no necesita lavarse más que los pies, porque todo él está limpio. Y ustedes están limpios, aunque no todos”. Como sabía quién lo iba a entregar, por eso dijo: ‘No todos están limpios’.

Cuando acabó de lavarles los pies, se puso otra vez el manto, volvió a la mesa y les dijo: “¿Comprenden lo que acabo de hacer con ustedes? Ustedes me llaman Maestro y Señor, y dicen bien, porque lo soy. Pues si yo, que soy el Maestro y el Señor, les he lavado los pies, también ustedes deben lavarse los pies los unos a los otros. Les he dado ejemplo, para que lo que yo he hecho con ustedes, también ustedes lo hagan”.

V Domingo de Cuaresma – 29 De Marzo 2020

Raising of Lazarus
Basilica of Sant Apollinare, Ravenna

Primera lectura

Ez 37, 12-14

Esto dice el Señor Dios: “Pueblo mío, yo mismo abriré sus sepulcros, los haré salir de ellos y los conduciré de nuevo a la tierra de Israel.

Cuando abra sus sepulcros y los saque de ellos, pueblo mío, ustedes dirán que yo soy el Señor.

Entonces les infundiré mi espíritu y vivirán, los estableceré en su tierra y ustedes sabrán que yo, el Señor, lo dije y lo cumplí”.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 129, 1-2. 3-4ab. 4c-6. 7-8

R. (7) Perdónanos, Señor, y viviremos.
Desde el abismo de mis pecados clamo a ti;
Señor, escucha mi clamor;
que estén atentos tus oídos
a mi voz suplicante.
R. Perdónanos, Señor, y viviremos.
Si conservaras el recuerdo de las culpas,
¿quién habría, Señor, que se salvara?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
por eso con amor te veneramos.
R. Perdónanos, Señor, y viviremos.
Confío en el Señor,
mi alma espera y confía en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
mucho más que la aurora el centinela.
R. Perdónanos, Señor, y viviremos.
Como aguarda a la aurora el centinela,
Aguarde Israel al Señor,
porque del Señor viene la misericordia
y la abundancia de la redención,
y él redimirá a su pueblo
de todos sus iniquidades.
R. Perdónanos, Señor, y viviremos.


Segunda lectura

Rm 8, 8-11

Hermanos: Los que viven en forma desordenada y egoísta no pueden agradar a Dios. Pero ustedes no llevan esa clase de vida, sino una vida conforme al Espíritu, puesto que el Espíritu de Dios habita verdaderamente en ustedes.

Quien no tiene el Espíritu de Cristo, no es de Cristo. En cambio, si Cristo vive en ustedes, aunque su cuerpo siga sujeto a la muerte a causa del pecado, su espíritu vive a causa de la actividad salvadora de Dios.

Si el Espíritu del Padre, que resucitó a Jesús de entre los muertos, habita en ustedes, entonces el Padre, que resucitó a Jesús de entre los muertos, también les dará vida a sus cuerpos mortales, por obra de su Espíritu, que habita en ustedes.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Jn 11, 25. 26

R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.
Yo soy la resurrección y la vida, dice el Señor;
el que cree en mí no morirá para siempre.
R. Honor y gloria a ti, Señor Jesús.


Evangelio

Jn 11, 1-45
Giotto, Raising of Lazarus

En aquel tiempo, se encontraba enfermo Lázaro, en Betania, el pueblo de María y de su hermana Marta. María era la que una vez ungió al Señor con perfume y le enjugó los pies con su cabellera. El enfermo era su hermano Lázaro. Por eso las dos hermanas le mandaron decir a Jesús: “Señor, el amigo a quien tanto quieres está enfermo”.

Al oír esto, Jesús dijo: “Esta enfermedad no acabará en la muerte, sino que servirá para la gloria de Dios, para que el Hijo de Dios sea glorificado por ella”.

Jesús amaba a Marta, a su hermana y a Lázaro. Sin embargo, cuando se enteró de que Lázaro estaba enfermo, se detuvo dos días más en el lugar en que se hallaba. Después dijo a sus discípulos: “Vayamos otra vez a Judea”. Los discípulos le dijeron: “Maestro, hace poco que los judíos querían apedrearte, ¿y tú vas a volver allá?” Jesús les contestó: “¿Acaso no tiene doce horas el día? El que camina de día no tropieza, porque ve la luz de este mundo; en cambio, el que camina de noche tropieza, porque le falta la luz”.

Dijo esto y luego añadió: “Lázaro, nuestro amigo, se ha dormido; pero yo voy ahora a despertarlo”. Entonces le dijeron sus discípulos: “Señor, si duerme, es que va a sanar”. Jesús hablaba de la muerte, pero ellos creyeron que hablaba del sueño natural. Entonces Jesús les dijo abiertamente: “Lázaro ha muerto, y me alegro por ustedes de no haber estado allí, para que crean. Ahora, vamos allá”. Entonces Tomás, por sobrenombre el Gemelo, dijo a los demás discípulos: “Vayamos también nosotros, para morir con él”.

Cuando llegó Jesús, Lázaro llevaba ya cuatro días en el sepulcro. Betania quedaba cerca de Jerusalén, como a unos dos kilómetros y medio, y muchos judíos habían ido a ver a Marta y a María para consolarlas por la muerte de su hermano. Apenas oyó Marta que Jesús llegaba, salió a su encuentro; pero María se quedó en casa. Le dijo Marta a Jesús: “Señor, si hubieras estado aquí, no habría muerto mi hermano. Pero aun ahora estoy segura de que Dios te concederá cuanto le pidas”. Jesús le dijo: “Tu hermano resucitará”. Marta respondió: “Ya sé que resucitará en la resurrección del último día”. Jesús le dijo: “Yo soy la resurrección y la vida. El que cree en mí, aunque haya muerto, vivirá; y todo aquel que está vivo y cree en mí, no morirá para siempre. ¿Crees tú esto?” Ella le contestó: “Sí, Señor. Creo firmemente que tú eres el Mesías, el Hijo de Dios, el que tenía que venir al mundo”.

Después de decir estas palabras, fue a buscar a su hermana María y le dijo en voz baja: “Ya vino el Maestro y te llama”. Al oír esto, María se levantó en el acto y salió hacia donde estaba Jesús, porque él no había llegado aún al pueblo, sino que estaba en el lugar donde Marta lo había encontrado. Los judíos que estaban con María en la casa, consolándola, viendo que ella se levantaba y salía de prisa, pensaron que iba al sepulcro para llorar allí y la siguieron.

Cuando llegó María adonde estaba Jesús, al verlo, se echó a sus pies y le dijo: “Señor, si hubieras estado aquí, no habría muerto mi hermano”. Jesús, al verla llorar y al ver llorar a los judíos que la acompañaban, se conmovió hasta lo más hondo y preguntó: “¿Dónde lo han puesto?” Le contestaron: “Ven, Señor, y lo verás”. Jesús se puso a llorar y los judíos comentaban: “De veras ¡cuánto lo amaba!” Algunos decían: “¿No podía éste, que abrió los ojos al ciego de nacimiento, hacer que Lázaro no muriera?”

Jesús, profundamente conmovido todavía, se detuvo ante el sepulcro, que era una cueva, sellada con una losa. Entonces dijo Jesús: “Quiten la losa”. Pero Marta, la hermana del que había muerto, le replicó: “Señor, ya huele mal, porque lleva cuatro días”. Le dijo Jesús: “¿No te he dicho que si crees, verás la gloria de Dios?” Entonces quitaron la piedra.

Jesús levantó los ojos a lo alto y dijo: “Padre, te doy gracias porque me has escuchado. Yo ya sabía que tú siempre me escuchas; pero lo he dicho a causa de esta muchedumbre que me rodea, para que crean que tú me has enviado”. Luego gritó con voz potente: “¡Lázaro, sal de allí!” Y salió el muerto, atados con vendas las manos y los pies, y la cara envuelta en un sudario. Jesús les dijo: “Desátenlo, para que pueda andar”.

Muchos de los judíos que habían ido a casa de Marta y María, al ver lo que había hecho Jesús, creyeron en él.

O bien:
Jn 11, 3-7. 17. 20-27. 33b-45

En aquel tiempo, Marta y María, las dos hermanas de Lázaro, le mandaron decir a Jesús: “Señor, el amigo a quien tanto quieres está enfermo”. Al oír esto, Jesús dijo: “Esta enfermedad no acabará en la muerte, sino que servirá para la gloria de Dios, para que el Hijo de Dios sea glorificado por ella”.

Jesús amaba a Marta, a su hermana y a Lázaro. Sin embargo, cuando se enteró de que Lázaro estaba enfermo, se detuvo dos días más en el lugar en que se hallaba. Después dijo a su discípulos: “Vayamos otra vez a Judea”.

Cuando llegó Jesús, Lázaro llevaba ya cuatro días en el sepulcro. Apenas oyó Marta que Jesús llegaba, salió a su encuentro; pero María se quedó en casa. Le dijo Marta a Jesús: “Señor, si hubieras estado aquí, no habría muerto mi hermano. Pero aun ahora estoy segura de que Dios te concederá cuanto le pidas”.

Jesús le dijo: “Tu hermano resucitará”. Marta respondió: “Ya sé que resucitará en la resurrección del último día”. Jesús le dijo: “Yo soy la resurrección y la vida. El que cree en mí, aunque haya muerto, vivirá; y todo aquel que está vivo y cree en mí, no morirá para siempre. ¿Crees tú esto?” Ella le contestó: “Sí, Señor. Creo firmemente que tú eres el Mesías, el Hijo de Dios, el que tenía que venir al mundo”.

Jesús se conmovió hasta lo más hondo y preguntó: “¿Dónde lo han puesto?” Le contestaron: “Ven, Señor, y lo verás”. Jesús se puso a llorar y los judíos comentaban: “De veras ¡cuánto lo amaba!” Algunos decían: “¿No podía éste, que abrió los ojos al ciego de nacimiento, hacer que Lázaro no muriera?”

Jesús, profundamente conmovido todavía, se detuvo ante el sepulcro, que era una cueva, sellada con una losa. Entonces dijo Jesús: “Quiten la losa”. Pero Marta, la hermana del que había muerto, le replicó: “Señor, ya huele mal, porque lleva cuatro días”. Le dijo Jesús: “¿No te he dicho que si crees, verás la gloria de Dios?” Entonces quitaron la piedra.

Jesús levantó los ojos a lo alto y dijo: “Padre, te doy gracias porque me has escuchado. Yo ya sabía que tú siempre me escuchas; pero lo he dicho a causa de esta muchedumbre que me rodea, para que crean que tú me has enviado”. Luego gritó con voz potente: “¡Lázaro, sal de allí!” Y salió el muerto, atados con vendas las manos y los pies, y la cara envuelta en un sudario. Jesús les dijo: “Desátenlo, para que pueda andar”.

Muchos de los judíos que habían ido a casa de Marta y María, al ver lo que había hecho Jesús, creyeron en él.