Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


The Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, (Cycle A) Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 5 (Cycle A) 
First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14
Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11
Gospel: John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27, 66
In the Gospel today we see a marvelously dramatic example of the power of God to bring life out of death. The essential message for us is Jesus’ pronouncement:
“I am the resurrection and the life: whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)

The crowds demand that Jesus “be crucified.” In this, they side with the religious leaders. Two of Jesus’s chosen disciples also side with values that were opposed to those Jesus himself taught and lived.


Relate a time when you made a decision because of a strong friendship. What were the consequences? Did it mean going along with the crowd or with Jesus Christ?

What keeps you from stepping our of your comfort zone?

During these last days of Lent, what do you need to change in order to rise to the new life which Jesus offers you?

Describe a time in your life when a job, task or money became more important than someone you loved.

Share a time when you were faithful to God’s call despite personal sacrifices.

When have you experienced the joy of the Eucharist at times other than the celebration of the Mass?


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