By way of introduction
Holy Week begins the Monday before Easter Sunday. It is a week designed to prepare us to fully celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with great joy.
During Holy Week, I invite you to pray with Jesus by reading about Jesus’ last week, from his arrest to his crucifixion and resurrection. All the lessons are from John’s Gospel, following the Revised Common Lectionary scheduled readings. The goal is to read in order to experience real and personal encounters with the Living God in Christ Jesus.
The reading format isn’t designed for a quick read. I urge you to set aside about 20 minutes a day at a time that best suits you and diarize the time. Designate a quiet place where distractions will be minimized.
Each prayer time begins and ends with a short period of silence and stillness. The opening stillness is to prepare to listen ‘with the ears of the heart’. The closing stillness is to bathe in the presence of our loving God regardless of our feelings. In between, the format follows the same basic pattern—reading the assigned text, some background information that may be helpful (you can skip this if you want), some reflective words on the lesson, questions and thoughts for you to reflect and wonder about, ending with a prayer response to Jesus.
The readings and reflections will be posted each day of Holy Week. I have included the Gospel text for each day, using the New Revised Standard Version. Check this site, beginning on Monday of Holy week, March 21.