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RCL:Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36
RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32
RCL:Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
RCL:Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42
HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL:
RCL:Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
CATHOLIC: Genesis 1:1-2:2; Psalm 104 or Psalm 33; Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 16; Exodus 14:15-31, 15:20, 1; Exodus 15 (canticle); Isaiah 54:5-14; Psalm 30; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12 (canticle); Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Psalm 19; Ezekiel 36:16-17, 18-28; Psalm 42 or Psalm 51; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118; Mark 16:1-8
The readings are provided above. I will make no commentary on these. I urge you to read them. Again and again. Soak them up. You will find below a meditation or poem
Maundy Thursday - Holy Thursday
Good Friday - God's Friday
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil
I must confess to one and all that I found myself unable to speak to the texts this week; unable to address them; unable to do anything but let them speak to me. I, in my own personal sojourn, found myself profoundly unready and unable to make comment. The significance of the events of this week in Salvation History and in my own journey fill me with the kind of confused respect and awe that the women may have felt at the Tomb that first Easter morning.
I wanted to write something. After all, I had just begun this little venture of commenting on the Lectionary texts and here I am - frozen! As I struggled with what that meant I felt myself letting go of control. It was alright that I could not do this this week. There is a learning in that very thing. Perhap - sometimes - we need to stay out of the way of the text and let the Risen Word speak directly to each heart. Perhaps....
In the tradition I will enter on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil, time for the High Holy Days of Christendom is counted the old Jewish way, from sunset to sunset. Holy Thursday or Maundy ("mandatum" - "command" from "a new commandment I give you, that you love one another") Thursday begins the three days and ends Easter evening. The liturgical action, though, discontinuous in time, is one in action from Holy Thursday with its celebration of the institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood through Good Friday with its commemoration of the Passion and Death of our Lord and Veneration of the Cross, the instrument of our salvation, through to the Easter Vigil with its re-kindling the light outside the church and its blessing of the waters of baptism and renewal of baptismal vows, is one continuous work.
LENTEN THOUGHTSLiving Deeply"
Living deeply our new life.... Already I've begun to draw from the waters. The well of prayer is quenching my thirst. The springs of living water arise in me to satisfy my parched and longing heart. I swim in an ocean of God's goodness, borne along on the swells of His mercy, tossed on the playful waves of His grace. I am foam-flecked in the early morning mists with the dew of His joy. Thank you.
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