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Wash Me!?

Holy Week

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 was38hed 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

 

 

High and Lows

Holy Week

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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

 

 

A Great Theological Question

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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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.

 

 

Barabbas

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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Friday 7th April

Who do we want released to fight our cause? When we feel wronged by another person would we campaign for the  release of a freedom fighter, a great lawyer , a politician? Or would we want Jesus to be released to call us to love in the face of persecution, to love those who abused us and our religion? Which force do we want to release in our lives and into the world? “The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ ”

 

 

Palm Sunday Cry

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 & Matthew 27:11-54

Thursday 6th April

On his entry into Jerusalem Jesus is cheered and exalted by the same people who will turn with cries of, “Cru34cify him! Crucify him!” Yet, when they glorify him on Palm Sunday, Jesus accepts them.

Thoughts and Prayer: We are also liable to change, one minute fired up, the next wanting to turn our backs. And yet God takes what we offer. And when we return to him, what we offer is ourselves.