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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

5 April 2020


Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.




Today is the only day in the liturgy in which we hear two Gospels in one Mass: the entry of the Lord into Jerusalem; and the passion of the Lord, his death and his placing in the tomb.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7


The first of four enigmatic songs in Isaiah about the anonymous Servant of the Lord.  These give a wonderful backdrop to the passion and death of Jesus.


Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11


Paul quotes what is thought to have been a song sung in the early Christian communities: powerful words echoed in the Gospel acclamation.


Gospel: Matthew 26:14 – 27:66


Matthew’s is the longest of the Gospel passion narratives.  It includes features not found in other versions, including Pontius Pilate washing his hands, Pilate’s wife, the earthquake and more.


Gospel Teaching


In addition to pointing out that events took place and words were spoken in order to fulfil the scriptures, Matthew includes episodes in his account of Jesus’ passion and death which are not found in the other Gospels.  An example of this is the continuation of the story of Judas, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  The episode, says Matthew, was to fulfil the prophet Jeremiah; actually, this story is based on one from the prophet Zechariah.  The point of the story is that the thirty pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Jesus was the lowest price a slave could be sold for.


Another interesting episode is when Pilate’s wife warns her husband to have nothing to do with Jesus:  she has had a dream about this man, which upset her.  This is the second time in this Gospel that Gentiles show more understanding of Jesus’ identity than do Jesus’ fellow Jews.  When Jesus was born, it was the pagan magi who, by following a star, sought the location of the newborn king.  Herod and his advisors, with full access to the scriptures, made no attempt to do so, though Herod tried to have Jesus killed by slaughtering all male children in the area under two years of age.


Finally, there is the apocalyptic vision described after Jesus’ death when the dead leave their tombs.  No other evangelist describes this happening; so some writers conclude that this is a vision of what will happen sometime in the future, perhaps at the second coming of Jesus.  Matthew wants to stress that, in his death, and the resurrection which will of course follow, Jesus’ works for the salvation of all apply to all people – past, present and future.


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WEEKLY HOMILY St. Joseph’s clergy are submitting their weekly homily to be posted on the parish website, to read.  Please visit the website often for updated bulletins and information.


FREE BOOKS There are a number of books that have been donated to the church which you are free to take.  Once the church is open again, you may find a few of them in the St. Joseph’s Room and the remainder are in the book case in the sacristy.  Please feel free to take what interests you home to read.


PASTORAL CARE WORKSHOP This workshop would assist parishes to start a pastoral care team, or be useful for those that already have an existing team.  Please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004, if you would be interested in attending one of these workshops; and, if there is enough interest, we will go ahead and book one.


DEVELOPMENT & PEACE COLLECTION Please have your donations submitted to the parish by 31 May, as they will be forwarded to the Archdiocese at that time.  Thank you.


WORLD YOUTH DAY 2020 This year’s WYD will be held at the diocesan level on the theme; “Young man, I sat to you, ‘Arise’.” (Lk 7:14).  Pope Francis’ Message for the 35th World Youth Day is available at:




BIRTHRIGHT KINGSTON is looking for compassionate, non-judgmental individuals who desire to bring hope and encouragement to pregnant women and their pre-born children.  For information, call 613-546-5433, or email


TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP This faith-based week-long camp that includes activities, skits, sports, crafts, music and outdoor play will take place this summer in July.  For more information, or to register, call Nadia Gundert at 613-484-2446 or visit   Financial contributions to help sponsor children to attend camp are welcome.



Please remember in your prayers the following: James Parsons; Judy Dowling; Millie Lane; John Dowling; Desmond Dowling; Steve Bruce; Laure Unger; Joe Fonseca; Marc M;  Rob Hurst; Teresa Khidir; Angeli Asenci; Kathleen Forsyth; Diane