6th Sunday in
Sunday Scripture Readings
Mt 21:1-11 (At the Procession with Palms)
Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Reflecting on the
The following ideas and phrases from this Sunday’s readings
- Isaiah has absolute trust in whatever God asks
him to do, confident that God will give him the words to speak what must be
said, an ear to hear what must be heard, and the courage to stand before those
who might despise him.
- The psalmist notes that despite all trials and
tribulations, he will still proclaim the name of God and praise him.
- Paul writes eloquently about how Jesus showed us
how to be fully human and fully alive—even to death—which is echoed in Jesus sorrow and
distress as he prays with his friends and is betrayed in the Garden.
- In the Passion, we see the spectrum of the
distractions, attractions, and addictions that prevent us from being fully
human—wealth, power, fear, bodily needs, violence—and how to face truth and the
love of God.
- Jesus reminds us of the power of prayer to lift
up the spirit, ground us, and lead us to where God leads us.
- Paul challenges us to imitate Christ’s
humility—to move from richness to poverty, from first to last, from owner to
in so doing, accepting Jesus’ invitation to live fully the life that he offers
What phrases or ideas stand out to you and why?
Recall the last point that Rev. Bob Barron made during his
- Remember St.
Ireneaus’ teaching on God.
- God has no
need for us, yet he has poured out his love and breathed us into beings of
- In every
moment of every day, God continues to love us into being.
- We distance
ourselves from God when we place other "godly” rivals between us, things like wealth,
honor, and power.
- These rivals
eat away at us and prevent us from being fully alive.
- St. Ireneaus
writes, "The glory of God is a human fully alive.”
to be fully human and fully alive.
As you read the Scriptures for the 6th Sunday in
Lent and think about the points from Rev. Barron’s presentation, what
connections do you see? How are they meaningful to you?
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How do you most effectively listen to God? How do you
translate what you hear into action?
What are the distractions, attractions, and addictions in
your life that prevent you from being fully alive and fully human? How do these
obstacles harm you?
In these Scriptures, which character are you most like? What
must you do to become more fully human as God desires you to be?
15 Days of Prayer with Dorothy Day
How to Listen When God Is Speaking by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
The Five Loaves' video reflection on the Way of the Cross