Holy Thursday and Good Friday revisited, and Holy Saturday
Holy Thursday, April 13th (Day Thirty-eight)
Dear Lord, I pray for the courage to follow you and deeply experience your passion, death and resurrection this week. Lord, help me to become more fully aware of Your presence and Your Love for me, for all people and all creation, this Holy week. In Christ’s precious name I pray. Amen.
Holy Thursday (Repetition), Mark 14:12-72; Matthew 26:6-75; Luke 22:7-71
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 Mark 14:12-72 or Matthew 26:6-75 or Luke 22:7-71 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:
As read the Holy Thursday events I keep returning to the Last Supper. The words taken, blessed, broken and given have become quite vivid and meaningful, as I watch Jesus take the bread slowly and with great care; he looks at it in silence for several minutes. Then he lifts the bread; his gaze goes beyond the loaf as he holds it over his head. Jesus looks like he is waiting for something as he speaks words of blessing followed by another prolonged silence. Then, as if what he had been waiting for had occurred, or arrived, Jesus lowers the bread to eye level then very slowly, excruciatingly slow, he tears the loaf in half. I think I saw a slight grimace on the Lord’s face as he did so. Then He gave the bread, with great love, compassion and tenderness. Large hunks, he gave to us all. As he did this he urged us to take and eat in remembrance of him. Then we all ate our meal. Near the end of the meal Jesus again stands up, this time slowly lifting the cup of wine. He looked at it closely as He slowly lifts it over his head. He blesses it with a prayer of gratitude and says to us, “take and drink, for this is my blood poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” As Jesus spoke his eyes were filled with joy. Then he said, “do this as often as you eat or drink in remembrance of me.” I found myself saying to Jesus; “Lord take me, Lord bless me, Lord break me; and Lord give me for Your glory.