Monday, 25 March 2013

Monday of Holy Week

IS 42:1-7

PS 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14

JN 12:1-11

The readings for the day can be found here.

 

On this Monday of Holy Week, God reminds us that He has given us a Spirit of courage and not of fear.  When I reflect on the days leading up to the passion of Christ, I consider Jesus’ acceptance of His imminent death. He acknowledges His impending death to Judas noting, “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me” (John 12:8).  Later, Jesus offers His body and blood at the Last Supper, submitting to the will of His Father. As He prepares to offer His life for our salvation, Jesus prays in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street” (Isaiah 42:2), but in prayer and strength Jesus copes with the knowledge of the suffering ahead.

As we anticipate the passion of Jesus this week, we are asked to walk courageously in Christ regardless of the challenges we see ahead. Like Jesus, we must submit to the will of His Father, “who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it” (Isaiah 42:5). In Psalm 27:3 we are encouraged, “Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust.”

I’m reminded of C.S. Lewis’ quote that, “We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”  We can rest assured, however, that although we experience uncertainty about how our lives will unfold from one day to the next, like Jesus we know how the story ends. We know that Christ has prevailed. Indeed, if we submit ourselves to the Lord, He will ready us for the journey and carry us through.  In the words of John Henry Cardinal Newman:

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home—
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.

If we simply surrender to His good and holy plan for our lives, Christ will light the way one step at a time, bringing us from darkness to light and salvation.

The Lord is my light and my salvation. Lead Thou me on, Lord.

 

Jennifer E. Ohs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication.

 

 

Jennifer E. Ohs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication.

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