Lenten reflections 2018 - Holy Week - Thursday of Holy Week


Thursday of Holy Week
(Isaiah 50: 4-9 Matthew 26: 14-25)


`He learnt to obey through suffering and became for all
who obey him the source of eternal salvation'


The night is cool, and Jesus invites his disciples and you to spend some time with him in the garden where they so often met to discuss and learn. You feel Jesus' mood. You move closer to him to offer him your support. Deeply troubled, Jesus asks his disciples to pray with him. However, they are tired and fall asleep. You, however, sit close by and listen to his anguished cry. You know what awaits him. Jesus rises from his kneeling position to see if the disciples are with him in his suffering. He finds them asleep. Utter desolation. For once he needed consolation and no one was there for him. In what ways would you like to extend comfort to this gentle man in the hour of his need?

You hear a noise at the gate. You see Judas. What is happening within you? How do you feel as Jesus is taken from you? You witness Peter getting up and in his usual bravado he cuts off the ear of one of the officials. And Jesus? True to his nature, even in the darkness of pain and death is the bridge builder, 'Those who fight with the sword will die by the sword'. He replaces the ear. How is this man affected? Do you see a change in him? You see the disciples scattering. Feel their fear. Follow Peter and listen to him as he stands at the fire. Become Peter. Feel his confusion, his sense of failure, his fear. The woman come up to you, one after the other. Every time you deny that you know Jesus and then ……the cock crows. Jesus walks by and you meet his loving and non­judgmental gaze. As then so now in your life.


Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:    'Jesus, Son of Man and Son of God'

I breathe out:  'Forgive the times I have denied knowing you'


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