Plum blossoms on an untended tree in the neighborhood.
To look even more closely at the meaning of the Christ's Passion, we choose to use St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11 as the second reading for Sunday. Though he was God Jesus emptied himself and God filled him up. "Flesh and blood, he humbled himself, obeying to the death, death on a cross." Matthew's emphasis on Jesus' choosing to do the Father's will is reinforced. "For this very reason God lifted him high."
(quotes are from the 1995 translation by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy)