Today is Holy Thursday the day when Jesus gave us the Eucharist. What must have the apostles been thinking as they traveled back to Jerusalem with Jesus? It was the beginning of a incredible three day journey.
Mark 10:32-34 – They were on there way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the twelve and told them what was going to happen to him. “ We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said. “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later He will rise.”
What would be astonishing about Jesus leading them back to Jerusalem?
What does this tell us about their hearts and faith?
What difficult things does Jesus lead you into today that surprises you? In what ways can the outcome of Jesus’ final week – his victory over sin and and his resurrection encourage you in those difficulties?
So it has been a while. Well I thought as we enter into the the Holy Triduum was a good time to share some items for your reflection as we close out Lent. So even if you have really struggled during Lent take these next couple days to refocus and finish strong!
Mark 9:30-32 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them “ The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him and after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
Jesus clearly wanted his disciples to know what was going to happen. Why might they have been afraid to ask him to explain?
Are there areas of his plan that Jesus wants to help you understand today? What keeps you from asking for his wisdom?
In the Sunday readings this week we hear a lot about God’s call. In the first reading we hear the story of Samuel and how he heard the Lord and thought it was Eli calling him and with Eli’s help he was able to fully tune in and respond “Speak Lord your servant is listening.” Then in the gospel we hear the story of Jesus calling the first disciples.
So the message is clear God is calling us, but are we tuned in? There are so many things that are trying to get our attention so it is important we do all we can to truly Tune In to what God is trying to tell us. We do this through prayer, Mass, reading scripture, participating in the Sacraments, and spending time with others who are trying to tune in.
It is not only important to tune in, but we also must respond like Samuel and say Speak Lord you servant is listening.
Peace in the biblical sense is about more than just the absence of hostility, it is a wholeness experienced when you are totally reliant on God. In the story of David we see someone set apart for God despite being set aside by his family. David was the youngest, the least experienced and the last one you would expect to find victory against someone like Goliath. Yet the Lord chose him and David chose to rely on God.
When we trust God fully, we experience peace in the midst of whatever trials we are facing, not just in their absence. While David would go on to wait years for God’s promises to be fulfilled, he knew peace because He knew God. Have you felt called by God to serve in ways you don’t feel qualified? We need to believe that God is worthy of our trust and obedience, and we will experience the Peace that comes in following Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
on your own intelligence do not rely;
In all your ways be mindful of him,
and he will make straight your paths.
ADVENT WEEK ONE: HOPE
Well here we are. Advent has begun. This is a good time to reflect on the fact that we need to rely on Jesus and His righteousness. To often we can get so caught up in thinking we got things under control and it can turn into self reliance.
As we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas let us not forget it is Him that we need to rely on. Our HOPE is in Him!
A year and a half ago I made a decision to step away from social media. I recognized it was poisoning my life. Everything I read, and even some things I posted were just not edifying to me or others so I took a sabbatical from it all. No Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other source of Social Media. Now I have recently gotten back on the social media train, but I do not get involved in every debate / argumentative post I see. I read and refrain from letting it consume me. When I do post I want my post to me positive, fun, informative, and most of all I want to Glorify God. “So whether you eat, drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31
Have you ever been a victim of a robbery? Maybe your house was broken into or your bike was stolen? If not you probably know someone who has. We need to recognize there is someone who is trying to steal from us everyday. His name is Satan he is always looking for a way to take our Joy, our Faith, our belief in Jesus. Don’t be a victim! In Ephesians 6:10 – 18 St Paul tells us about the Spiritual Armor that God provides us to protect ourselves. Still many of us begin our day without being prepared for the battle that is before us on a daily basis. Prepare and protect your heart daily To live for Christ!