Wednesday in Holy Week - Reflection

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Wednesday in Holy Week – Reflection

The Upper Room

Opening prayer

Lord Jesus we come before you this day with hearts that are full of concern and anxiety for a world that has changed beyond recognition.  As we are confined to our homes may we be drawn more closely into your presence so that your peace would be our comfort.

You might like to light a candle as a reminder of Christ’s presence with you now.

Hildegard of Bingen Canticles of ecstasy
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Luke 22: 7-16

7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.’

9‘Where do you want us to prepare for it?’ they asked.

 

10He replied, ‘As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11and say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks: where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” 12He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.’

13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15And he said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.’

Reflection

What does the door of your heart look like?  Perhaps it feels tired and worn, as though the paint is peeling and it needs some attention.  Perhaps it has been pushed shut and the hinge is a bit rusty.  Are there weeds that have been allowed to grow in the cracks?  Some doors are solid barriers while others allow a view through the glass.  The locks on a door can be a simple latch or a series of complicated interlocking mechanisms.  Whatever state the door of your heart is like be assured that Jesus stands there and knocks.  Whether it is the front door or the back door he waits patiently and with words of encouragement.  He does not judge the state of the paintwork or the foliage that has not been trimmed back.  He simply wants to be allowed to come and eat with you in your own home.

 

As you wait in the stillness now.  Examine again your own heart and hear the voice of Jesus as he speaks gently with you, stepping in to dine with you and sharing the joys and sorrows of your life.  When you are ready, press play for the concluding prayers.

 

We come to God in prayer:

We thank you, Father God,
for your example of humble service
and the gift of yourself in the Eucharist,
the breaking of bread.
May we follow your example of loving service
by helping one another.
May we always be grateful
For all the gifts we receive from you.

 

Lord Jesus we ask you to receive this time of worship that we offer you, speak through it - so that we may grow in faith, be strengthened in your service and our hearts be ever open to your presence.

 

 

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life,
Such a Way, as gives us breath
Such a truth, as ends all strife
And such a strength, as killeth death.

 

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.

 

George Hebert
 

Be still my soul
Link to Be still my soul sung by Libera(from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.
Music: from YouTube under the YouTube licence
Hildegard of Bingen Canticles of ecstasy, recorded by Sequentia
Be still my soul sung by Libera