Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Reflections for Holy Week


This week, I have been trying to dedicate extra time to reading the Word, praying and reflecting on the Great Sacrifice which was made by Jesus Christ on the cross. This morning, I found this prayer and set of reflections on a Catholic website (http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/hw-1st-4days.html#wed). Following are some excerpts which I edited a bit:
Father,
Please stay with me as I struggle to see how accepting the crosses of my life will free me from the power of the one who wants only to destroy my love and trust in you. Help me to be humble and accepting like your son, Jesus. I want to turn to you with the same trust he had in your love.
In your plan of salvation your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross and freed us from the power of the enemy. May we come to share the glory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.

Daily Meditation: He freed us from the power of the enemy. This is the last day of Lent. It is "Spy Wednesday," remembering the day Judas asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?"
The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
As part of my Bible reading for the day, I read John 12:27-36:

27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. There came therefore a voice out of heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
29 The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice hath not come for my sake, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.
33 But this he said, signifying by what manner of death he should die.
34 The multitude therefore answered him, We have heard out of the law that the Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
35 Jesus therefore said unto them, Yet a little while is the light among you. Walk while ye have the light, that darkness overtake you not: and he that walketh in the darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Take time today to think over the true cost of Jesus’ death on the cross. The injustice of the shame “court” who convicted him, the demeaning, the beatings, the mocking, the excruciating pain. Our redemption was paid with a mighty price. Spend some time in prayer and contemplation.

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