Let me receive your forgiveness and mercy. 

Almighty ever-living God,
grant us so to celebrate 
the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion
that we may merit to receive your pardon.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

Today's Reading

Daily Meditation: 

Let me receive your forgiveness and mercy. 
The second Servant song shapes our reflection today 
as we watch that amazing dinner scene on Tuesday of this passion week.

We experience the pain of his knowing 
that he will be betrayed and denied. 
Yet, the hour he is about to face is the hour of his Glory. 
And he promises that where he is going, we will surely follow.

Our desire is to celebrate the gift being offered us.

It is too little, he says, 
  for you to be my servant, 
  to raise up the tribes of Jacob, 
  and restore the survivors of Israel. 
I will make you a light to the nations, 
  that my salvation may reach 
  to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 49

Intercessions: 

Let us pray to Christ our Savior, who redeemed us by his death and resurrection: 
Lord, have mercy on us.

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory, 
-bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.

You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier's lance, 
-heal our wounds.

You made the cross the tree of life, 
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism. 

On the cross you forgave the repentant thief, 
- forgive us our sins.

Closing Prayer: 

God of such unwavering love, 
how do I "celebrate" 
the passion and death of Jesus? 
I often want to look the other way 
and not watch, 
not stay with Jesus in his suffering. 
Give me the strength 
to see his love with honesty and compassion 
and to feel deeply 
your own forgiveness and mercy for me. 
Help me to understand 
how to "celebrate" this week. 
I want be able to bring 
my weaknesses and imperfections with me 
as I journey with Jesus this week, 
so aware of his love.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Through this week’s readings, from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter, we have both the advantage and the challenge of knowing how the story ends.  We know Easter is coming.  The Gospel today, however, reminds us that as the disciples were with Jesus in these last days, there was a lot of secrecy and confusion; it is clear that the disciples did not understand what was happening.  I imagine the question, “What lies ahead?” had to be at the forefront in many of the disciples’ minds.  And of course, we all have that question.  It can be hard to enter the mindset of the disciples in this story because we know how things play out.  It becomes easier, though, when we connect the story to our own lives and the fact that we don’t know what the future holds, either.  What is key here, I think, is how we approach that unknown future.

Part of the confusion for the disciples had to come from the fact that they thought they had an idea of how things were supposed to go, and it almost certainly didn’t include one of these close companions betraying the one they were following.  When Jesus said that one of them would betray him, they couldn’t accept or understand it because it didn’t fit with what they wanted or expected.

I think this is also the problem Peter runs into.  He does not know what Jesus’ path entails and is so locked into his own vision of the path ahead that he can’t accept or be in the situation that presents itself.  Peter says he will lay down his life, but Jesus is not so sure.  Again, that is probably because Peter doesn’t actually know what he is saying.  He is being challenged to surrender his own ideas about how things are supposed to go, to let go of his self-centeredness and self-pitying, but he is either unaware or unwilling to do it.  He finds himself so unnerved at not seeing things play out the way he wants them to, he completely turns away from Jesus and denies ever knowing him.

This is our lesson today.  We often don’t know where things are going or what lies ahead, and our lives will inevitably contain disappointments, losses, and betrayals.  But if we are able to move away from having such strong attachments to how things “should be,” we’ll be able to realize that remaining faithful disciples and following the example of Jesus (humility, patience, compassion, courage) is how we can face whatever lies ahead in life’s uncertainties and unexpected turns.

by Craig Zimmer
Creighton University's Campus Ministry
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