When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,  “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1-2)





Sunday of the passion

Sermon Starter

Sports anchors love to focus on what they call the “one brief shining moment”. Those watching the NCAA basketball tournament championship game tomorrow night will hear those words as highlights from the tournament will be shown, concluding with the championship game and team. It’s the moment that defines a team, a game, or a generation. The “one brief shining moment” phenomenon extends especially to championship games. Everyone remembers who wins. No one remembers the runner-up. All the focus is on the winner and their spoils. The runner-up gets the inevitable post-game “what went wrong” interview and is pushed out of the way.

Sunday has two brief shining moments. Sports anchors would love the first shining moment. Who doesn’t love a victory parade! They wouldn’t care about the other shining moment. After all, our Lord’s crucifixion makes Jesus the loser and the Jews a winner, or so it seems.

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.