Palm Sunday
22 Mar 2024

Reading I: Is 50:4-7
Psalm: 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Reading II: Phil 2:6-11
Gospel: Mk 14:1—15:47


Waving branches, singing hosannas, laying down the clothing of identity,

Christ rides into time. 


Into a city of memories.

Into the history of our living, our moving, our being unto death,

Christ rides on, and we engage such history as mystery: 

Summoned, independent of time and death as we know it,

 by a

Paschal Mystery – 


A new era, a new humanity, a new covenant, a new consciousness.

The self-emptying of G-d, the divine, into the human, 

This is the Kenosis of love incarnate, the flesh of our flesh, consumed in passion

 and skewered on a cross,

The bone of our bone,

Demonstrating the wonder of a disappearing servant rabbi who becomes all-in-all, 

An Epiphany.

Song is inevitable:

What wondrous love is this?

An annual question, sung aloud as if meant to be rhetorical, yet crucial to learning

The Way.

Students are eager for the uplifting,  raised above the earth,

the pedagogy of the great Christ, 

The teacher who becomes the first disciple of his own discipleship

Bending low to lathe the feet of his friends, 

Feeding, then assuaging their thirst like a pelican mother

Of Paschal Mystery.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?

A passion, a death,  an abandonment

Then, a whisper of resurrection. 

An astonishment, 

Bedazzlement, a matter of great gratitude.

Yet first, a Sabbath rest, then a descent

Into the bowels of the nether land, the slumbering place of the dead.

Christ tramples down death by death, and those in the grave find their way out

Into the Light: 

Adam, Eve, Noah, 

Sarah, Abraham, David, Bathsheba, 

Joseph, Elizabeth, Anna, Joachim, the Baptizer, 

all pulled up, 

Amor vincit omnia. This wondrous love.

Pulled out into the promise of the Reign of God

On earth as it is in heaven.

And Satan rattles around in the hollow halls of hell.

Alleluia is heard even on Palm Sunday.



Rev. Richard Fragomeni

Professor of Liturgy and Preaching

Chair, Department of Word and Worship