Holy Week Passion Sunday
The Gospel Today
Jesus stood before the governor. Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “You say so.” […] Pilate said to him, “Do you hear all the charges they bring against you?” But he did not answer even one question, so that the governor wondered greatly. At Passover, it was customary for the governor to release any prisoner the people asked for. Now, there was a well-known prisoner called Barabbas. When the people had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Whom do you want me to set free: Barabbas, or Jesus called the Messiah?” […] But the chief priests and the elders of the people stirred up the crowds, to ask for the release of Barabbas and the death of Jesus. When the governor asked them again, “Which of the two do you want me to set free?” They answered, “Barabbas!” Pilate said to them, “And what shall I do with Jesus called the Messiah?” All answered, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted louder, “Crucify him!”
Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, and that there could be a riot. He asked for water, washed his hands before the people, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Do what you want!” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” […] The Roman soldiers took Jesus into the palace of the governor and the whole troop gathered around him. They stripped him and dressed him in a purple cloak. Then, weaving a crown of thorns, they forced it onto his head, and placed a reed in his right hand. […] When they had finished mocking him, they pulled off the purple cloak and dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to be crucified.
On the way they met a man from Cyrene called Simon, and forced him to carry the cross of Jesus. When they reached the place called Golgotha, which means the Skull, they offered him wine mixed with gall. He tasted it but would not drink it.
Truly, this was God’s son.
There they crucified him, and divided his clothes among themselves, casting lots to decide what each one should take […] The statement of his offence was displayed above his head, and it read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” They also crucified two thieves with him, one on his right hand and one on his left. […]
In the same way the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law mocked him. They said, “The man who saved others cannot save himself. Let the king of Israel come down from his cross and we will believe in him. […]
From midday, darkness fell over all the land until mid-afternoon. At about three o’clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabbacthani?” which means: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? […] Then Jesus cried out again in a loud voice and gave up his spirit.
At that very moment, the curtain of the temple Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after the Resurrection of Jesus, entered the Holy City, and appeared to many.
The captain and the soldiers who were guarding Jesus, having seen the earthquake and everything else that had happened, were terribly afraid and said, ‘Truly, this was God’s Son.”
Isaiah 50:4-7, First Reading
Psalm 21 “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11, Second Reading