I hope you are rocking the Holy Week Journal that we gave out this weekend. God has spoken to me every day so far.
Today is Wednesday of Holy Week.
Here’s what happened on this day:
• Olivet Discourse – Matt 23
• Jesus Predicts He would be crucified in 2 days time – Matt 26:1-5; Luke 22:1-2; Mark 14:1-2)
• Judas plans the betrayal of Christ with the religious leaders – Matt 26:14-16; Mark 14:10 -11; Luke 22:3-6)
[For a good but technical treatment of the dates & times associated with Christ’s life see Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ by Harold Hoehner. I actually have pages falling out of this book, I’ve used it so much]
I love what is on Sacred Spaces today about moving through Holy Week. Click here for Sacred Spaces
Holy Week, as it is called, marked the steepest learning curve in the lives of Jesus’ disciples, and we might gear our prayer to the events and lessons of each day. It seemed to start well, with the Hosannas of Palm Sunday, when Jesus, mounted on a donkey, entered Jerusalem in triumph. (Luke 19:28) But he had no illusions. Approaching the city he wept over it, ‘If you had only understood the message of peace!’ As we watch the Passion unfold, we can appreciate the verdict of Saint Peter Claver, who spent his life in the holds of slave-ships, ministering to African victims condemned to hopeless suffering: ‘The only book people should read is the Passion.’ Or Saint Therese of Lisieux in the anguish of her last illness: ‘What does it mean to have written beautiful words about suffering. Nothing! Nothing! One must experience it to know what such effusions are worth.’ In prayer this week we need to live with the taste of pain and triumphant evil.