Scripture Reading: Philippians 2: 6 – 11

Reflection

Have you ever wondered what was going through the mind of Jesus as the crowds welcomed him into Jerusalem.  In a few days the shouts of Hosanna would be replaced with shouts of ‘Crucify him!’  From hero to zero in just a few days.

Jesus knew what was going to happen in Jerusalem.  He knew too how these crowds would disperse as soon as danger threatened.  Even his own inner circle, the apostles, would desert him.  As for all the people he had healed, fed, taught, forgiven ~ even raised from the dead.  Where were they in his time of need?

Holy Week calls for faithfulness, an imitation of Jesus’ faithfulness even unto death.  He didn’t turn away from what lay ahead but trusted that the Father would never abandon him.

What about our faithfulness?  What sort of disciple will we be this week?  Will we be found close to the Lord, or will we abandon him to the threatened and insecure Sanhedrin, the lack of justice and fairness of Pontius Pilate, the brutality of the Roman Soldiers and the unruly mob?

Often we have thought: if only I was there, I would have been the one to protest at the injustice of his sentence; to help him carry his cross; to wipe away the sweat, blood and tears from his face; to comfort his mother at the foot of the cross; to help Joseph of Arimathaea to take his body down from the cross.

This week provides an opportunity to do all of these, not because we have to but because we want to!   Those who were there and who did help Jesus (Simon of Cyrene, the women of Jerusalem, Veronica who wiped his face and the apostle John) all had their lives changed forever.  The events of this week can change your life too.  As the hymn asks ‘were you there when they crucified my Lord?’  Where will you be?

Practical Suggestion

Set aside all non-essential activities this week.   Decline dinner invitations and social events.  Make it a genuine Holy Week in your life.  Plan today what you are going to do to make the most of this Holy Week.

Prayer

Father, strengthen me as I begin this holy week .  May I walk with Jesus to Calvary and come to share in the glory and joy of his resurrection at the end of this week and at the end of my life.

Amen