We follow Jesus into Jerusalem and hear his cries of anguish, trust, thanks, and hope. Holy Week invites us into the fullness of life’s experiences.
The reading of the Passion narrative on this day begins in an orderly and appropriate fashion. When it was time, Jesus gathered with his disciples. The story can seem predictable. And yet, for all the predictability, we read the story again and again, year after year, and marvel at the selflessness of Jesus who is prepared to stop at nothing – not even death – to proclaim God’s unconditional and never-ending love.
As you read the Passion story, pause and notice what surprises you.
Stay near to us, O God,
as we journey through this week.
May remembrances of innocent suffering
summon our words and deeds for justice today.
May recollections of steadfast trust
transform reluctance to walk by faith when sight is clouded.
This we pray in the name of the Christ we follow.