Saturday 15 April
Silence and sadness for he is gone. Everyone who claimed to know, claimed to love Him have run away and hidden. Those who remained, took Jesus’ body for burial and rested for it was the sabbath. Can you imagine a world without Jesus? No remembering, no repeating, no trying to live up to His love for humanity? The first Easter-eve Jesus lay in a stone tomb, his friends mourned the waste and contemplated such an irredeemable future. They didn’t even hope for the rising of Jesus. How strangely empty that day must have been, how utterly empty of a future it must have been.
Prayer: My crucified Lord, in the depths of the isolation I may feel, my cry is to you. Lord God, give light in my darkness and bring me out of the prison of my despair; through the same crucified Jesus Christ. Amen
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Thursday 13 April
This night in His Holy Week, Jesus walked the betrayal road. Abandoned he faced hatred and vile physical and mental cruelty. Who spoke for him? Any who would raise their voice were shouted down and so Jesus was condemned. There are situations in this present age when people stand alone, without voice.
Question: What part do I play in Jesus’ betrayal in the last weeks and months, as I watch someone condemned what is my role of silence?
Prayer: Lord give me courage to stand by you, by standing by someone who is in need because of vile cruelty. ‘Whoever offers one of these little one even a cup of water…!’
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Wednesday 12 April
The incarnation is not just for Christmas! Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.
Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’
Where will you take that thought today?
Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen
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Tuesday 11 April
A washing of his friends’ feet, as if they were more important than He. On one hand menial and on the other it shows Jesus incarnation. He washed and dried and showed how we should be with one another, regardless of status or rank. Peter’s false modesty and great expectation of Jesus indicates something of our human frailty as we shy away from God’s gaze and yet desire encounters of his love and grace.
Question: Where will I seek opportunity to ‘wash’ someone else today?
Prayer: Lord, place in my way today someone in need, give me the opportunity to commit a random act of kindness. Amen
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Monday 10 April
That feeling of emptiness, that dropping sensation in the pit of your stomach, when everything suddenly changes and what you felt was supremely positive and enlivening is overtaken by gloom and despondency. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was hailed as a victorious king/messiah. How it must have pained him that everything was about to be reversed. Yet His face was set, Jesus knew what the highs and the lows of the next few days.
Question: What are your ‘highs’, what are your ‘lows’ at the moment?
Prayer: Lord, in this holiest of weeks help me to realise my life as I reflect on your last days. How do I mark my ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ against yours? Amen
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Readings for Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54
Saturday 8th April
There is a great theological question: in the Philippians reading we are told that Jesus emptied himself. What did he empty himself of? If he emptied himself of his divinity, then Jesus would simply be human and not God – that can’t be right. Yet the one who is King of Kings comes to serve, the Son of God is hung on a cross. There is nothing inflated or egotistic about Jesus’ glory, it is, if you like, an empty glory that simply is. In his emptiness, Jesus is exalted above all so that every knee shall bend before him. Let us enter into Christ’s glory, not by puffing ourselves up, but by kneeling, empty, at the foot of the cross.
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