Sunday begins Holy Week. We will have a series of Lectio Posts to guide your prayer along this week. Whether you are a student, a mother, or working hard at your job, in the midst of day to day life, we pray that this might not just be any other week for you. We pray that there will be a great intentionality in your home to focus on the greatest of mysteries, the Paschal Mystery. Set aside extra time for prayer, and this might mean saying 'no' to other things or events. Let us give Christ the honor of our time and our worship.
Let us begin with Passion Sunday. The Passion account comes from Mark's Gospel Chapters 14 and 15. I will not quote it here because of it's length. And your lectio may be a bit different due to it's length. But for me, I did lectio one day with Chapter 14 and one day with Chapter 15, to go through it slowly. Something new will jump out to you even though you have heard the passion narrative many times before. Underline what jumps out to you and come back to it after reading it through.
Here are some points to ponder:
- "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will." To truly live the second part, we must have the confidence of Christ in His Father as He begins this prayer, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you." With this confidence we can abandon ourselves into His hands in "What 'He' wills"
- Jesus' silence in the face of the chief priests and the Sanhedrin. Nothing he would have said would have helped the angry crowd change their minds. Their false witnesses conflicted with one another without a word of His. Where do I defend myself, and why, in the face of false accusations? Where am I not secure in my identity as God's beloved son or daughter?
- Peter is rightly accused of being a follower of Jesus, and opposite to Jesus in the face of false accusations, Peter speaks. And He denies Jesus. When I speak when I shouldn't, where is this coming from? What fears lie in my heart?