The Passion According to Mark

Holy Week which begins with the Palm Sunday of the Passion is the center of the church's year and is a day of striking contrasts. Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark's gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability--agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ's suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God's salvation--in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this Holy Week thirsty for the completion of God's astonishing work.

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