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The Word This Week ~ 29 March 2015

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First Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7
What really stands out in this reading is the trust the author has in the Lord God. Isaiah understands that what he says will bring the wrath of others upon him even as far as violence, but he remains steadfast and continues to speak the Lord’s message no matter what the consequences. We can see echoes of this in the Passion.

Second Reading: Philippians 2: 6-11
This reading describes the kenosis, a Greek term which literally means the emptying of Christ. But of course it does not end there. In six short verses Paul tells the story of the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection, leading to the glorious conclusion: ‘and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’

Gospel Reading: Mark 14: 1-15:47
The Gospel of Mark has often been described as a Passion Narrative with a long introduction, and about one eighth of the length of this, the shortest Gospel, focuses on the Passion. Faced with the Passion, we continue to ask the question, why did Jesus die and what significance does his life, death and resurrection hold for me and the world today? The cross is always a mystery. It ever challenges us – and the structures we erect. We have to continuously stand before the cross and listen to what it tells us. It is only then that Jesus will be truly resurrected, and we will truly live our lives as resurrected authentic Christians.

Published Fri 27th Mar 2015 12:37:00
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