Saturday, March 23, 2010
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 31:9-16, Leviticus 23:1-8, and Luke 22:1-13
Jesus wanted to spend Passover with his disciples. This would have been normal; most rabbis did this with their disciples. What wasn’t normal was the way Jesus went about finding a room. How many people can claim to know there will be a certain man in a certain place at a certain time with a certain pitcher of water?
We will soon see the significance of Jesus’ desire to spend that last evening with his disciples. If you just can’t wait, read John 13-17: Those are the chapters that recount the discussion over dinner that night.
Go and share a meal with someone, preferably someone who doesn’t regularly go to church or who is in need. Let it be your prayer.