Six days before Passover, in Bethany, our Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Then, his family made supper for Him. Martha served it and Lazarus was at the table with Him. Mary, the other sister in the family, took a pound of expensive perfume. She poured it all over Jesus’ feet, then wiped His feet with her hair. The whole house smelled so nice!
Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus, rudely said, “Why wasn’t that perfume sold. The money could have been given to poor people.” (He did not really care about poor people—he just wanted the money in Jesus’ money box, so he could steal it.)
Jesus told him, “You will always have poor people with you, but you won’t always have me here!”
After that, a lot of Jewish people came. They wanted to see Jesus. They also wanted to see Lazarus, to see if he was really alive! The chief priests decided to kill Lazarus since, because of him, many Jews were believing in Jesus.
The next day, many people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They took branches from palm trees and waved them to honor Him. They said, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”
Here are some questions about the Gospel story:
1. Jesus raised His friend from the dead. What was Jesus’ friend’s name?
2. What did Mary do to Jesus’ feet, after dinner?
3. Did Judas Iscariot like what Mary did? What did he say she should have done with the perfume?
4. Did he really want to give the money to the poor?
5. Many people wanted to see Jesus on His way to Jerusalem. Children were there, too. Can you find the two small figures in the icon? They represent the children.
5. When we celebrate Palm Sunday, what do we hold in our hands?
6. When we celebrate Palm Sunday, we know that we will be in church a lot the next week. It is Holy Week. Holy Week is our time to relive the last days of Jesus before His Crucifixion.