What does it mean to love one another? How do we begin to show love? Jesus gives us some clues as on this night, before he is arrested with the help of a disciple Judas, he washes the feet of his friends, his disciples.
Gospel reading: John 13:12-34
Why does Jesus choose to ride a donkey on Palm Sunday? A horse would certainly be more majestic; a camel would imply being part of wealthy caravan; even an ibex has a hint of the exotic. But a stubborn, independent, homely creature? What does Jesus choice say about him and about us?
Gospel reading: Mark 11:1-11
What do you know by heart? In this 5th Old Testament covenant, God promises to give the people a different way to understand the divine. God will write the holy law in their hearts, and they can choose to live together in harmony and peace.
Have you ever asked God for help in a time of trouble? Here, the Israelites leaving Egypt are in a bad situation. They are surrounded by poisonous snakes, that they believe are a consequence of their grumbling against God. God promises that if they look on a bronze serpent Moses created, that they will live. Jesus references this story, comparing himself to this bronze snake. As Jesus is lifted up on the cross, people can look to him and be saved from sin.
Old Testament reading: Numbers 21:4-9
Gospel reading: John 3:14-21
What does it mean to live together in community? How do we keep families functional? Workplaces healthy? The 3rd of God's covenant promises to us is found in our Old Testament reading, as we hear God's 10 commandments. Exodus 20:1-17
Are you into genealogy? God promises Abram and Sarai that they will have millions of descendants. As a sign of God's promise to them, God changes their names to Abraham and Sarah, our ancestors in the faith.
Old Testament reading: Genesis 117, 4-5, and 15-16