Lent is the time when we look at ourselves and our sin; confession
and repentance; mortality and death … matters in which we never
delight. And, yet, it is what we must do to be truly ready for the
resurrection on Easter … always remembering that God is God and we
are not, that Christ walks with us, just as we walk with him. Perhaps,
during this season of Lent, you will read and consider the Lenten
Reflections offered by daily email.
I invite you to a Holy Lent and may your discoveries about yourself be
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
We Remember Jesus
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:14,19-20
Jesus gave his disciples so much. At their last meal together, he gave them some of his final teachings, and soon after that he would give his very life. He offered these things to all of them, even to the one who betrayed him. And he offers it to all of us, even though we are sinners.
Like Jesus and his disciples, your family shares many meals together. The next time you eat together, may you remember Jesus and thank him for all he gave you.
Jesus, we remember you when we eat and drink.
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Jesus Is Our Light
Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” John 12:35-26
Did you ever have to find your way somewhere in the dark? Stumbling into doors or over toys when you can’t see where you’re going can be tough. Getting through life without Jesus as our guide can be tough, too. Jesus is the light that leads us out of darkness. He leads us away from sin and death and toward new life with God. Letting the light of Christ guide us means that we try hard to believe what he taught us and do what he asked us to.
At your next meal, light a candle to remember that Jesus is your light.
Jesus, help me to be a child of light!
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
We Ask Forgiveness
Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples ... asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” John 13:21-23,25-26
We know that Judas betrayed Jesus. But what about us? We are all sinners. We all have fallen short of what God calls us to do. Now is the time to ask forgiveness.
Spend some time in silent prayer. Ask yourself: How have I betrayed Jesus? Did I say something cruel? Was I silent when I should have spoken up? Did I go along with the crowd instead of doing what was right? Did I ignore someone who needed my help? Did I ever pretend not to be one of Jesus’ followers?
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I have betrayed you.
MAUNDY THURSDAY/HOLY THURSDAY
Jesus Taught Us To Love
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord ... and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. I give you a new commandment, that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:12-14,34-35
This is the heart of all that Jesus taught us. It is what Lent has been leading us to. The whole of our faith can be summed up in this one word: love. God is love. God so loved the world that he sent us Jesus. Jesus gave his life in love for us. And Jesus called us to love one another ... to love our neighbors, our enemies, and ourselves. We do this by serving one another, just as Jesus did.
How do you and your family love as Jesus taught us?
Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to love!
Come, Let Us Worship!
So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” they answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. John 18:3-6
In this passage, even the soldiers who come to arrest Jesus are overcome with awe for him. Before them stood Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was God’s love for all people, right there in the flesh. Soon after, Jesus died because of human sin. Jesus died because human beings can act with incredible hatred and ugliness. We can do such evil that when Love came into the world, we crucified it. God knew about us. And yet Love came.
Come, let us worship the Lord! Please read Philippines 2:5-11
Lord Jesus Christ, we fall back in awe before you!
God Amazes Us
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they ... found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen ...” they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. Luke 24:1-5,9,12
When God does something amazing, it can take a long time for it to sink in. Two thousand years after that first Easter, we are still like Peter, amazed and perplexed by what God did on that mysterious day. Even today, we enter with all the believers into the empty tomb and we stand dazed, not knowing what it all means. Why does God love us that much? How do we respond to that love? For this reason, we observe Lent and Easter year after year. Each time it is a chance for God to amaze us all over again, to open our eyes to something we never saw before, and to respond in new ways.
What has God shown to you throughout these forty days?
Amazing God, keep opening my eyes
We Have Seen The Lord!
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As we wept, she ... turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardner, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord ...” John 20:11,14-16,18
Throughout the season of Lent, the Lord was always at work in our lives, in our hearts, in our family, and in our world. But that is only the beginning. The risen Christ lives on! Every day is a new chance to see the Lord. Hopefully, we arrive together at Easter with hearts that are all the more loving, all the more ready to see how God is with us. Together, let us continue to seek the Lord!
Risen Lord, live in my heart Forever!
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