Today we wait in stillness and silence, between the cross and the empty tomb. The apostles waited. The women waited. The other disciples waited. The whole of creation waited...not knowing what exactly would happen, not knowing exactly when it would end, not knowing what to believe and what to reject.
In many ways, their waiting then . . .
John 18.1-19.42 (NKJV)
When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers . . .
John 13.1-15 (NKJV)
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to . . .
Luke 22.1-23.42 (NKJV)
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.
Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief . . .
John 12.24-43 (NKJV)
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there . . .
Since none of us will have a normal Holy Week this year, I'm going to post the traditional Gospel readings each day as well as the traditional collect (prayer) of the day. I hope these can prompt a time of prayer and meditation in the midst of an otherwise unusual set of circumstances.
John 12.1-23 (NKJV)
Then, six days . . .
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who hast sent Thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon Him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the Cross, that all mankind should follow the example of His great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of His patience, and also be made partakers of His resurrection; . . .