Scripture Reflection . . .
Procession Reading Mark 11:1-10
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22 “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?”
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47
“Morning after morning [God] opens my ear that I might hear.” (Isaiah).
One part of the Passion Scriptures that is profound for me is Jesus’ humble silence. He doesn’t defend himself or go into lengthy responses. He lives what he previously shared with his disciples, “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:11-12).
I recently read a description of non-judgement when we are with another. It’s about being totally present to them – in the now. We empty ourselves of any thoughts, judgements and just listen and notice the person in front of us.
There is something about listening and the emptiness described in Philippians. Holy Week shows us what humility, listening, emptiness looks like. It is a total dependence on God, trusting the Holy Spirit will guide us in this present moment. We take one step at a time – whether it leads to the cross or the resurrection. Though life usually takes us through Good Friday to get to the resurrection.
The Sisters have given me their blessings as I travel to Central America this morning to celebrate Holy Week with children who have been abandoned and abused but have now found new life and love. I pray to have a heart and ear open to listening to the Holy Spirit speaking in and through these little ones.
They, like Jesus, have been to the cross and have experienced resurrection.
In Your Life . . .
As you enter into this Holy Week May you take time to be still and listen and know God is with you; with each person you encounter, within all of creation; within all struggles and joys.
There is a Taize song, “Stay with me.” You may wish to pray with the words.
Blessings on your Holy Week!