By Jean Denton

Catholic News Service

March 29, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Cycle B. Readings:

Procession) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16

1) Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24

2) Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39

I was barely a teenager when I learned a profound lesson in friendship. In physical education class at school the teacher appointed me one of two team captains to “choose up sides” for a softball game.

For my first choice I named Chris, my new friend since the previous summer when we had played together on a softball team. She was the obvious top pick for me since we loved playing ball together and she was quite good.

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