Friends, on Palm Sunday, the culminating point of Lent, the Church reads from one of the great Passion narratives from the synoptic Gospels. But I want to look at the second reading today—a passage from the second chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, the heart of which is a hymn or poem. These words go back to the very beginning of Christianity, and they serve as a beautiful summary statement of the faith. Paul is reflecting on the downward trajectory of the Son of God—all the way down into death itself, even death on a cross.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Is 50:4-7
Psalm – 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Reading 2 – Phil 2:6-11
Gospel – Mt 27:11-54