Discussion Questions

Luke 19:28-40

P1. “Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.” Was he going for a procession honoring him as king, or for his crucifixion?

P2. Why did the Pharisees want the crowd to be quiet? Why did Jesus say to them, “If they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”?

First Reading
Isaiah 50:4-7

F1. We see Jesus as the subject of this reading. Could it apply to others too?

F2. If Jesus hadn’t challenged the status quo, would he have gone to the cross? Are you slow to stand up for justice if it brings some discomfort to you? Does this story of the passion make you feel at one with the suffering world? Is there any action you could take to make it better?

Second Reading
Philippians 2:6-11

S1. “Agape” love (pronounced ah’-gah-pay) is selfless and free from self-concern and self-preoccupation. Explain Jesus’ love for us in terms of agape. Does this ever describe your love or is yours love sometimes characterized by selfishness?

S2. “Agape” includes conversion, vulnerability, search for justice, and suffering. How do these help redeem the world? 

Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49

G1. Luke says that the marginalized or the neglected went with Jesus on the way to his death. These included the women, Simon, and the good thief. What does this tell you about Jesus? What does it tell you about Luke?

G2. Pope Francis listened to the Gospel account of how Jesus’ disciples had fallen asleep just before he was betrayed by Judas. He ignored his prepared homily and invited the people, including himself to look into their hearts. How would you answer his questions?

“Has my life fallen asleep?”

“Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: “Has my life fallen asleep?”
April 13, 2014

Anne Osdieck


**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson