Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14 – Christ the Passover Lamb

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Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14

1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • We remember.
  • We remember the fear, the need for control, and the violence that we human beings can do to one another.
  • Lord have mercy.
  • We remember.
  • We remember Jesus facing fear, power, and hatred he encountered for us.
  • Christ have mercy.
  • We remember God is for us and continues to lead us to love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
  • Spirit have mercy.
  • We remember Christ the Passover Lamb.
  • Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Spirit have mercy.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Thursday, April 18, 2019, Maundy Thursday (Year C)

Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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Wednesday of Holy Week: John 13:21-32 – One of You Will Betray Me

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John 13:21-32

21After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23One of his disciples — the one whom Jesus loved — was reclining next to him; 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Every time we participate in  communion, we receive the bread that was dipped in the cup.
  • We come to the table as we are.  We are all betrayers.
  • Yet when we receive the Holy Meal, Satan does not enter us.  Because of the gift of Love on the cross we are transformed by the Holy Meal,  forgiven and unified with Christ in the body of Christ including the Cloud of Witnesses.
  • On this evening before the Last Supper, how do you wish to reflect on way you betray Jesus?
  • Resist shame and accept the transforming love of Christ.
  • On this evening before the Last Supper, how do you wish to reflect on the way the world betrays Jesus?
  • Resist shame and accept the transforming love of Christ.
  • How is God calling you to be a reconciling voice to the betrayal of Jesus?
  • Believe you are called to this work.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Wednesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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Wednesday of Holy Week: Hebrews 12:1-3 – Enduring the Cross

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1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

3Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Jesus knows.
  • Jesus knows that he must endure the cross.
  • Jesus transforms cross of shame into cross of love.
  • We know.
  • We know we must choose to endure the cross.
  • We know we must  let Jesus transform us into loving and compassionate disciples.
  • Consider the gift of love.
  • How do you want to run the race of love today?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Wednesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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Wednesday of Holy Week: Psalm 70 – O Lord, Make Haste to Help Me

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Psalm 70

1   Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2   Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3   Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.

4   Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5   But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Who are the ones who are seeking your life?
  • Who wants to hurt you?
  • Who is judging you because of their own shame?
  • Deliver me, O God, from death and hurt and judgment and shame..
  • I need your help now to free me from these places of bondage.
  • Deliver me so that I may return to you and rejoice in you.
  • Deliver me.
  • Now.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Wednesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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Wednesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 50:4-9a – Who Will Declare Me Guilty?

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Isaiah 50:4-9a

4   The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens —
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5   The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6   I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

7   The Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8        he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9   It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • This Wednesday morning of Holy Week, invite God to waken your ear.
  • Listen.
  • Listen to your breath.
  • Listen to the Breath.
  • Listen to your heartbeat.
  • Listen to the Beloved.
  • Listen as God wakens the world around you.
  • Listen to Creation.
  • Who needs to hear the Good News today?
  • It is the Lord God who helps you.
  • The weary need to be sustained by the Word.
  • Listen for those who desire to hear.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Wednesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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Tuesday of Holy Week: John 12:20-36 – Do You Wish to See Jesus?

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John 12:20-36

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. 34The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35Jesus 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. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Do you desire to see Jesus?
  • Do you desire Jesus to cradle you, to look into your eyes, to bring light into your life?
  • You must follow Him.
  • How do you desire to follow Jesus?
  • Look deeply within yourself.  How is Jesus drawing you to Him?
  • How does the light want to shine within you?
  • Believe in the light.
  • How does the light want to shine forth from you?
  • Believe in the light.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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Tuesday of Holy Week: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – Jesus Christ Wisdom from God

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1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Inhale the wisdom of Christ.
  • Exhale the wisdom of the wise.
  • Inhale the wisdom of the Suffering One.
  • Exhale the wisdom of the wise.
  • Inhale the wisdom of the Compassionate One.
  • Exhale the wisdom of the wise.
  • Allow the wisdom of the Healing One arise within you.
  • Embrace the wisdom of the Healing One.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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Tuesday of Holy Week: Psalm 71:1-14 – Rescue me, O my God

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Psalm 71:1-14

1   In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
3   Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
5   For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6   Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

7   I have been like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
8   My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all day long.
9   Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
do not forsake me when my strength is spent.
10  For my enemies speak concerning me,
and those who watch for my life consult together.
11  They say, “Pursue and seize that person
whom God has forsaken,
for there is no one to deliver.”

12  O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13  Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
let those who seek to hurt me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.
14  But I will hope continually,
and will praise you yet more and more.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • In you, Creator, I take refuge.
  • Recreate me.
  • In you, Redeemer, I take refuge.
  • Redeem me.
  • In you, Sustainer, I take refuge.
  • Comfort me.
  • Notice the praise that arises as you are covered with love and grace and mercy.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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Tuesday of Holy Week: Isaiah 42:1-9 – My salvation may reach to the end of the earth

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Isaiah 49:1-7

1   Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The LORD called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
2   He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.
3   And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4   But I said, “I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the LORD,
and my reward with my God.”

5   And now the LORD says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength —
6   he says,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

7   Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • On this Tuesday of Holy Week remember that Jesus came to earth as a light to the nations, that His salvation may reach the ends of the earth.
  • Remember Jesus teaches compassion and love.
  • Remember Jesus gives mercy and His grace.
  • Remember Jesus forgives you and your neighbor.
  • Remember Jesus came for all to believe.
  • How will you share the compassion and love of Jesus Christ with the world today?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 the Tuesday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

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Monday of Holy Week: John 12:1-11 – Mary anointed Jesus’ feet

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John 12:1-11

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

9When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • While Mary was anointing Jesus’ feet, the chief priests were plotting to kill Jesus.
  • Hold both of these messages before you as you consider the divided world in which we live.
  • Imagine a peaceful world with no more division.
  • What is your prayer for peace?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Monday, April 15, 2019, the Monday of Holy Week (Year C)

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

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