Passion (Palm) Sunday, Year B

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Surrender to God’s will
Procession: Mark 11:1–10 (entry into Jerusalem) or John 12:12–16
Reading I: Isaiah 50:4–7 (salvation only through the Lord’s servant)
Reading II: Philippians 2:6–11 (imitating Christ’s humility)
Gospel: Mark 14:1—15:47 (the passion of Jesus)
Key Passage: Jesus said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:36)
Adult: When have you found it hardest to accept God’s will? What enabled you to accept it?
Child: When is it hardest for you to obey?

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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The reward of faith
Reading I: Jeremiah 31:31–34 (the new covenant)
Reading II: Hebrews 5:7–9 (Jesus, compassionate high priest)
Gospel: John 12:20–33 (the coming of Jesus’ hour)
Key Passage: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
Adult: When and in what way have you seen life come from death?
Child: When have you felt stronger because you sacrificed something for a friend or member of your family?
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Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B

Through the eyes of faith
Reading I: 2 Chronicles 36:14–17, 19–23 (dissolution of Judah)
Reading II: Ephesians 2:4–10 (generosity of God’s plan)
Gospel: John 3:14–21 (Jesus’ teaching to Nicodemus)
Key Passage: Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
Adult: Do you see the world as basically evil, or as good? What difference does this make in the way you live?
Child: Where do you see goodness in God’s world?
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Third Sunday of Lent, Year B

Trust and doubt
Reading I: Exodus 20:1–17 (the ten commandments)
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 1:22–25 (the wisdom and folly of the cross)
Gospel: John 2:13–25 (cleansing of the temple)
Key Passage: For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (1 Corinthians 1:22–23)
Adult: When has the message of the cross seemed absurd to you, and when have you seen its wisdom?
Child: What puzzles you in the gospel stories? Which story makes you the most hopeful?
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Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

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The assurance of faith
Reading I: Genesis 22:1–2, 9, 10–13, 15–18 (the testing of Abraham)
Reading II: Romans 8:31–34 (God’s love for humanity)
Gospel: Mark 9:2–10 (Jesus transfigured)
Key Passage: Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5)
Adult: How deeply do you believe that since God is for you, no one can destroy you?
Child: What would you like to ask God to do for you and your family?