The Fifth Sunday of Lent was formerly known as Passion Sunday because the Gospel reading was the Passion according to St. Matthew. This left Palm Sunday to focus on Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Now the Passion from one of the Synoptic Gospels is read on Palm and Sunday so we hear both the triumphal entry and the Passion. Lent 5 now contains the elements that will emerge in Holy Week, and especially this year, the promise spoken of by Jeremiah: "I will write my law on their hearts," and "I will remember their sin no more." We continue our prepartions to celebrate the fulfillment of these promises
We now in earnest "Prepare with Joy for the Paschal Feast," as we start signing up for helping prepare the Easter Breakfast, and continuing to prepare for the Reflective Dinners in Holy Week. We also continue to "cleanse our hearts" with thoughtful things to read and reflect on.
Continuing our journey through Lent we begin anticipating Easter announcing our Reflective Dinners in Holy Week. The Emmaus Road group begins a new book. In service to our community we host a polling place for the Pasadena City Elections and hold another concert in our Music with the Angels series
You bid your faithful people to cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the Paschal Feast. Through our worship and activities we do indeed engage this process on our way to Easter