Thursday, March 21, 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. I
Read: Psalm 31:9-6, Isaiah 53:10-12, and Hebrews 2:1-9
The reading from Isaiah is part of what is known as the “suffering servant song”. It is generally believed to be Messianic in content.
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. Part of the emphasis will be on the triumphal entry with palm branches and loud hosannas. But part of the emphasis will be on Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.
The resurrection and the crucifixion go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other, or else it’s all meaningless. If we didn’t have the crucifixion, what point would there be to the resurrection? If we didn’t have the resurrection, we’d be trying to follow a dead martyr. We need them both.
As we head into Holy Week and we near the end of our journey to the cross, let’s take a moment to reflect on our experience so far. What have you learned this Lent? Where do you stand in your walk with Christ? What else do you need to do to become more like him? Write your own prayer.