By the time you receive this Epistle we will have begun the story
of the last week of the life of Jesus. It is the most intense,
most troubling, and Holiest time of the entire church year---thus
the name Holy Week. It is intense and troubling ---and emotional---because
we are confronted with images and remembrances of our best selves,
as well as, our fallen nature and sinful humanness. And let's
be honest, sometimes it is so emotional and uncomfortable that
there is a tendency to "rush through" Holy Week to get
to the other side. But we are called to walk "the way of
the cross with Jesus, not walk around it.
I challenge you to do this Holy Week differently---to walk through
it with Jesus. That means one must "forget" what comes
after Holy Week, we must forget that we know the rest of the story.
It means that we must remain completely "present" in
each individual day of Holy Week without looking forward to the
next. And it means reading and inwardly digesting through prayer
and reflection the appointed Gospel Scriptures of each day with
prayer and reflection.
it will be intense and it will be hard---but one just might find
it to be a transformational experience!
A Blessed Holy Week to each of you and
in Holy Week: John 12:1-11
in Holy Week: John 12:20-36
in Holy Week: John 13:21-32
Thursday: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Friday: John 18:1-19:42
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will be hyperlinks to another page with the readings. Each reading
will also be posted on our Facebook page daily.