This week we will be reflecting together on Jesus’ last days and hours. As we prepare for the joy of resurrection, I invite you to take some time to read through Mark 14:1-16:8. As you do so, also consider the following reflective comments:
- Jesus is completely faithful to God’s purposes even when everyone else abandons him. Still, we know that God did not abandon Jesus, not even on the cross. Think of a time when you felt completely alone. In times of desperation, pray for awareness of God suffering with you, working to bring wholeness.
- Mark writes Psalm 22 into the narrative of his Gospel. Read through all of Psalm 22 and consider the deeper message of hope that Mark is portraying even in the midst of Jesus’ desperation.
- After Jesus’ death, women who have faithfully followed Jesus all the way to the cross go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. On hearing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, they flee in fear and don’t say anything to anyone. This is where Mark’s Gospel ends. Think of a time when you felt a similar flash of fear. Pray for the courage to follow Jesus even in the mist of fear.
May Christ enliven our community this Holy Week.