~FREED TO LOVE AND SERVE~
Mt 26:14—27:66; Mk 14:1—15:47; Lk 22:14—23:56 Today we begin Holy Week. This week, we leave our clutter behind. We concentrate our thoughts on the love God has shown us through Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. These are important days. Plan to spend this week, as much as possible, in prayer.
MONDAY: A LOVE IMPOSSIBLE TO HIDE
Is 42:1-7; Jn 12:1-11 Is my love for Jesus as obvious and extravagant as Mary’s? The fragrance of Mary’s perfume filled the house, probably the neighborhood. Do I love Jesus with that kind of abandonment and lavishness?
TUESDAY: ‘YOU WILL DENY ME THREE TIMES’
Is 49:1-6; Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 When Peter realized his sin, he went to God, wept over his sin and said he was sorry. I am weak, but God always loves me.
WEDNESDAY: ‘MORNING BY MORNING HE WAKENS ME’
Is 50:4-9; Mt 26:14-25 Like Jesus, the faithful Servant, I should go to God every morning and begin my day talking with my Creator.
~WASHING ONE ANOTHER’S FEET~
Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15 Jesus’ example of washing the disciples’ feet is a graphic image of how I can serve others. Washing someone’s feet is a simple gesture. In the same way, my service need not be complicated.
~‘OUT OF HIS ANGUISH … LIGHT’~
Is 52:13—53:12; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42 Jesus suffered agonies I cannot imagine. Yet, out of his suffering, I am forgiven and receive eternal life. Isaiah tells us Jesus has found “satisfaction” in what he has done. He is happy to have saved me! Has there ever been such a love as this?
~‘DO NOT BE AFRAID; HE IS RISEN’~
Mt 28:1-10; Mk 16:1-7; Lk 24:1-12 Alleluia! Jesus is risen. God’s love has conquered all, even death. Is there anything, really, that can make us afraid if we truly understand that? Is there anything more important?
These posts are thanks to American Catholic and Susan K. Rowland, a freelance writer, is the author of Make Room for God: Clearing Out the Clutter (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007). She received her B.A. in pastoral ministry from Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. She gives speeches, workshops and retreats on culture, clutter and spirituality.