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Holy Week Reflections – Wednesday, April 1

Holy Week Reflections – Wednesday, April 1

At certain points in church history, the Wednesday of Holy Week has been called “Spy Wednesday” as an allusion to Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.  It’s quite possible that Judas’ transaction with the Jewish authorities would have taken place on this day.  After Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the tide is turning; throughout the “Three Days” (MaundyThursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday), which begin tomorrow evening, we will journey with Christ from darkness to light, from captivity to freedom, from death to life.

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3
In the way of the cross, Jesus has blazed the trail for our salvation.  With faithful perseverance, we follow in his footsteps.

Almighty God, your Son our Savior suffered at human hands, and endured the shame of the cross.  Grant that we may walk in the way of his cross and find in it the way of life and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Something to Do:
How can we faithfully journey with Jesus, keeping our eyes on him through the darkness of the days to come?  Many people find prayer to be something that comes much easier when they’re walking.  Consider setting some time aside to go for a walk today with the intentional focus of prayer.  Go for a hike through the woods, head down to the closest trailhead for the rail trail, or just take a lap around the neighborhood.  Bring a dog if you feel awkward walking by yourself; or find a way to involve a partner in your walk so that you can both take time for your faith and prayer.

A tool to consider is a prayer labyrinth.  Walking a labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites the divine presence into an active conversation with the heart and soul. By engaging in this walking meditation, we are fully engaging our minds, bodies, and spirits at the same time.  Prayer labyrinths can be found all over the world, and we are fortunate enough to have one right in our backyard at Allegany College.  Check it out:

Yours in Christ,
Vicar Jonathan

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