(Day Thirty-one)Daily Lenten Devotional
Wednesday April Fifth (Day Thirty-one)
Dear Lord, I pray that I may know your love for me in a deeper way as I ponder your willingness to suffer on my behalf.
Entry into Jerusalem, John 12:12-19 or Mark 11:1-10 or Luke 19:29-42
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read John 12:12-19 or Mark 11:1-10 or Luke 19:29-42 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
The often called “Triumphal Entry.” But Jesus does not look like he is in a celebratory mood. In fact he looks a bit frustrated, like nobody is grasping the gravity of what is going on and what was about to happen. The inevitability of it all strikes me as I hear Jesus speaking to some Pharisee’s about stones speaking if the crowd was quieted. Jesus’ emotions seem complex as he has a tone of authority, and assurance as well as, what seems to be, regret that it had to come to this. The Lord’s deep compassion, love and concern for the people bring him to tears. It’s hard to watch Jesus cry. Nothing, however, stops him from moving forward. It strikes me that this is the move forward, as Jesus leads. His words as he wept over the city stick with me “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace. But now they have been hidden form your eyes.” I feel Jesus’ sadness.