Holy Week Meditations: Monday 15 April

Apr 15, 2019 by


April 15

am: 51 pm: 69:1-23  

Isaiah 42:1-9


Heb 9:11-15


John 12:1-9


LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The second day of Holy Week presents us with an array of themes based chiefly on the last days of Jesus’ earthly life. “The story of the Passion, as told on Palm Sunday, is followed by a series of incidents located in Jerusalem and a collection of parables, sayings and discourses centered on Jesus’ divine sonship, the Kingdom of God, the Parousia. All this amidst the backdrop of the hypocrisy and dark motives of the religious leaders. In the Orthodox Church and Oriental Rites of the Catholic Church, this day is referred to as Great and Holy Monday, or Great Monday. On this day the Church commemorates the withering of the fruitless fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22), a symbol of judgment that will befall those who do not bring forth the fruits of repentance.[4] The hymns on this day also recall Joseph, the son of Jacob, whose innocent suffering at the hand of his brethren , and false accusation (Genesis 39-40) are a type (foreshadowing) of the Passion of Christ.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: The lessons from the Anglican Common Lectionary has the tone set with the lesson from Isaiah when we are reminded of the ministry of the Suffering Servant. One cannot help but be struck by the aura of the Suffering Servant: “He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street.” He didn’t demand recognition. He didn’t publish daily reports in the Jerusalem Post. He didn’t talk about what he did, nor did he necessarily tell people how he did it. He went about doing what the Father had called him to do. He didn’t promote himself, but he quietly followed the will of his Father. That is the point of reflection for us cane we submit to the will of the Father despite the challenges it may present us.  We are reminded that Jesus quietly and patiently ministered to the weak and lowly, to the oppressed, to the downtrodden. He established the basis for a righteousness and justice despite how matters initially appeared on this Monday of Holy Week.

 PRAYER OF THE DAY:  Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, though in our weakness we fail, we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: ““Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of humanity. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately.” -St. Hippolytus.

HOLY WEEK DISCIPLINE Spring housecleaning is an ancient tradition, going back to the customs of the Jewish families in preparation for the Pascha. Let be a day where you clean the place you avoid the most and use that time for cleaning to consider what in life reflects the hidden debris of your soul.

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