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 & Matthew 27:11-54
Monday 3rd April
It is still a long way to Good Friday but one of the prayers for next Sunday is significant.
Prayer: True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.
Jesus turns his face to his future and it was not the prettiest prospect. Yet the fulfilment of his life was the cross.
Question: Wonder at the way in which Jesus walked towards his end. Would our promise be to stay with him?
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Tuesday 29 November
The fabulous image of God’s kingdom, perhaps in the future, perhaps possible even in the present, is dreamed in Isaiah 11.1-10. From the ‘mountain’ of peaceful coexistence, even between wild animals, to the picture of the messiah perfect and beautiful. But what if this passage was a blueprint of your perfection and beauty? What if this passage is a challenge to your way of living as Christian.
Question: What sits comfortably for me as an individual and what grates?
Jesus you are of the ‘stock of Jesse’. How can I be your branch today? As I dwell on Isaiah 11 give me grace to recognise the kingdom marks in me. Amen