Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 28. Holy Week is the annual opportunity to simply live your life in the light of Jesus’ story more than you usually do. We know more about this one week of Jesus’ life than any other part of his life. All of the gospel writers thought it was the most important part. All throughout March and February we’ve been turning away from death and toward life, Jesus’ life—a life that goes through death—the only life that goes through death. So let’s live that life with him. Let’s live the whole week with Jesus.
Start here on the Daily Prayer each morning. Every day will offer a way to experience the story, on your own and in community.
Today’s Bible reading
Read Romans 6
All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life.– Romans 6:2b-4
More thoughts for meditation
One last time in Romans 6. “Let us be free from dead ways of living / and to share in the newness of life that you give / To be joined in your death/ and to join in your rising / and to join in the breaking of death as we live.” Hopefully our theme chapter for Lent and our theme song for Lent have gotten into your mind and heart in a lasting way.
Have you memorized any part of them? How about “just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life.” How about the whole song (linked above)?
On the Friday before Good Friday, we are getting ready for what is to come. As we approach the end, it makes sense now to look back where we have been. What else needs to be remembered?
Suggestions for action
Make a plan for how to engage with Holy Week. Talk to your cell about your intentions.
Again. Each day of Holy week starts here on the Daily Prayer, includes a video on YouTube that you will be able to find here in the morning and watch any time during the day. To make the experience more communal, you can also wait to watch with others each night at 8 pm and join a Zoom Afterhang immediately after that together-watch of the observance. Lots of ways to be together in this story. All the details at circleofhope.net/lent. How will you walk with us?