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Tuesday: Parables, Debate, and Conflict over Authority

Many texts make up today’s readings. I would lift up one text that keeps the thread of the passion story going.  In Matthew 21:23-27 the authority of Jesus is questioned. Therein we read: When Jesus entered the temple, the chief … Continue reading

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Monday: The Cleansing of the Temple

Mark 11:12-19 Jesus does not do much on Monday, not much; but what he does is both puzzling and provocative. First he does what is puzzling.  He curses a fig tree even though it was not the season for fig. … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:4-5, 9; Mark 11:1-8; Luke 19:37-40; John 12:12,16 All four gospels record Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. There is no doubt in my mind that he purposefully enacts the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout … Continue reading

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Saturday before Palm Sunday: The Anointing at Bethany

( Mark 14:5-9, John 11:55-12:11)  The Readings For Holy Week begin on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. Jesus goes to Bethany and a woman#1.  anoints his feet with a generous portion of pure nard, which is very costly. Judas, who … Continue reading

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