Matthew 5:21-24 – Teaching about Anger 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 – One Body, Many Parts

Next Sunday we begin the holiest week of the liturgical year. The days from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday point out to us examples of our fifth principle of Catholic Social Teaching – Solidarity.

Solidarity is expressed on Palm Sunday as the people came to acclaim Jesus as their king. While short-lived, the triumphant entry into Jerusalem serves as a precursor of the kingdom of God where all would recognize

the authority and glory of Jesus.

On Holy Thursday at the Last Supper Jesus drew the Apostles into solidarity of one mind and heart. In giving the Apostles his body and blood, in his dialogue with

them, in washing their feet, and in consecrating them in their priesthood, Jesus proves his great love for them and his desire for solidarity among them. In St. John’s Gospel we find the Prayer for Believers (Jn 17:20-26) in which Jesus prays to his Father, “I have given them the glory you gave me that they may be one, as we are one.”

Lastly, in the readings proclaimed at the Easter Vigil, we see our solidarity throughout our faith history – Old and New Testaments. We have been a people joined united on a journey to God.

May the readings of Holy Week bind us together in solidarity as One Body in Christ.