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Holy Week Reflections – Monday, March 30

Holy Week Reflections – Monday, March 30

We have arrived at Jerusalem with Jesus.  Palm Sunday celebrated Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city.  We celebrated this in worship but also anticipated the dark days to come.  If there is a constant theme throughout the week it is this: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Scripture Reading:  John 12:1-11 – Jesus is at Bethany (just outside Jerusalem) at the home of Mary, Martha & Lazarus (Lazarus  recently raised from death – John 11.)  Jesus is having supper with them when suddenly Mary takes expensive perfume and wipes it on Jesus’ feet, drying them with her hair.

Prayer:  Gracious and Holy God.  We thank you for loving the world, including us, so much that you would share your only Son with us.  Help us to be open to all you would show us and have us experience this Holy Week.  May we deeply feel your love and may we also love deeply your world.  We ask this in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Some interesting ideas:

Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week – To Dance with God

These days are traditionally the days for “spring housecleaning.”  We put up freshly washed curtains, polish some silver in anticipation of the Easter festivities, wax the woodwork or turn the mattress:  anything that shares in and points up our spiritual new life.  We own little silver or copper, but in our house it has become something of a treat to haul out the silver teaspoons and the copper kettle that need a shine and put them into use again for the feast of Easter.  Polishing away the tarnish is graphic and rewarding.  These, too, are good days to bake and cook ahead for Easter.

It’s a good idea to interview your relatives and see if you can collect some interesting recipes out of their past traditions that would be fun to experiment with and to incorporate into your own family traditions.  Husband and wife can both dig into their ethnic heritage, either by remembering back to what was special in their own growing up, or by checking with mothers and grandmothers who would be willing to reminisce and share festive dishes.  There is something very special about the yearly repetition of a smell or flavor.  In a world that changes faster and faster, where little remains the same from year to year, it is satisfying and comforting to be able to rely on some things.  The return of smells and flavors seems to validate the season at hand and remind us of past feasts.

From:  to Dance With God – Family Ritual and Community Celebration)  by Gertrud Mueller Nelson, Paulist Press 1986

Have a good Monday!
Pastor Chuck

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