The Sixth Week of Lent – Holy Week
The week starts with a parade of praise and joy. People shout “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” It ends with the people’s rejection. “Crucify him!” they yell. “I do not know him,” Peter replies.
The week evokes Jesus’ righteous anger as he turns the tables in the temple and says “my house will be a house of prayer for all people.” It also evokes Jesus’ tender care as he forgives those who crucify him.
During the week, we find Jesus’ colt walking on coats and palm branches. By the end of the week, Jesus demonstrates how the least become the greatest in God’s Kingdom as he washes his disciples’ feet.
And as the week draws to a close, and as Jesus’ limp body hangs lifelessly on the cross, one might be left to conclude that it is over. What a shame that a man of such love and compassion was so misunderstood and run over by the power and authority of the Roman empire. But Easter Sunday is at the end of this week. And all that was bleak and dark on Friday becomes new when, at first light, women who followed Jesus found the tomb empty.
Pastor Bob Lee
Palm Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Lent – March 20
Prepare: Bring a journal or notepad, pen and Bible with you to a quite space. Spend a few minutes just relaxing your spirit. Take three deep breaths. Straighten your posture. Cup your hands toward the ceiling, as if receiving something from God.
Use a sentence prayer to center you, such as: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, NRSV) or “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” or “Lord, you are here; Lord, I am here.”
Read: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56 If time allows, read at least one different translation. Write down any words or phrases that stand out.
Meditate: What words or phrases strike you? Read them again. How are you feeling (body, mind, spirit) when reading? What do you think this feeling means? Make notes of your thoughts and feelings in your journal.
Pray: Write a one-sentence prayer – your prayer to God – lifting what you have read and what you have listed to God for healing, fullness, and insight.
Rest: Be still and silent for a while. Just “be” in the presence of God.