Yesterday, we heard the Passion of the Lord from Luke 22:14 to 23:56. With every reading of the Passion, we relive, with Jesus, His humiliation, passion and death. With today being Holy Monday, we reside in the calm before the storm of a turbulent Holy Thursday and Good Friday. So, today, might seem like any other day. Yet, it is different.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the chief priests and scribes witnessed the crowd’s love for Jesus. This appreciation for Jesus made the chief priests and scribes feel uncomfortable – to the point where they began to plot Jesus’ death. They feared the rise and adulation of Jesus would deter devout Jews from the proper worship of God. They didn’t understand who Jesus really was and saw Jesus as a mere man professing to be the Son of God. Therefore, the chief priests met with Judas to make their plans to bring about Jesus’ demise.
Assess Your Calm Before the Storm
During this calm before the storm, today would be a good day to assess our own lives and determine where we fall short. Where we have sinned? Here are just a few points of reflection to consider:
- Have we denied, or neglected, our love for Jesus? Have we turned our backs on Him?
- What might we have done that places us right there with the chief priests and scribes? What do we fear from Jesus?
- How might we wittingly, or unwittingly, plot against Jesus and His will for us?
- Have we diminished the severity of our sins for the sake of convenience?
As you move through Holy Week, use this time to reflect on these questions. Seek God’s forgiveness and mercy. Prepare yourself to actively participate in the celebration of the Easter Vigil. Although we stopped reading at Luke 23:56 yesterday, we know that this story has a very happy ending. Read ahead to next Sunday’s Gospel reading from John 20:1-9 to reap the joy of Easter.
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