Monday in Holy Week, March 25, 2013
Morning Psalm 51 | Evening Psalm: 69:1-23
Jeremiah 12:1-16 | Philippians 3:1-14 | John 12:9-19
It is Monday in Holy Week, a ‘holy week’ in the midst of an unholy world. Just a short time ago we were shocked at the slaying of 20 innocent children and their teachers. Why are we shocked? It’s an unholy world. The plotting of the murder of innocents is nothing new. It happened at the time of Jesus’ birth. It happened at the time of Jesus’ death. In today’s gospel lesson we read, “So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well” (John 12:10). They, those holy men in authority in the temple, planned to put Lazarus, an innocent man, to death as well. As well? As well as Jesus, whom they had been plotting to murder for some time.
These chief priests were not some confused adolescent, or a disgruntled employee, or a group of gun toting video game junkies whose ability to discern reality from fantasy had been impeded. They were learned men, respected men, men in leadership, who were plotting the murder of not one, but two innocent men, the healed and the healer. Positioned here, at the start of Holy Week, they are our evidence that the world is anything but holy. The world is a mess, an unholy mess. Which is precisely why we need Holy Week.
We need Holy Week to divert our attention from the unholiness around us to the holy life of the Son of God. We need Holy week to focus our attention on the life giving, sacrificial acts of the Holy One of Israel.
So let us follow Jesus into this Holy Week, focusing our hearts and minds on His self giving love. Let His very public ride into Jerusalem in the face of murderous plots give us the courage to stand publicly, announcing the truth that though this world is an unholy mess, we are called to holy actions and holy living. May this Monday in Holy Week challenge us to live each day in light of Jesus’ public affirmation of His mission. May the Son of God call each of us throughout this week to meet Him at the cross on Friday, and at the empty tomb on Sunday, surrounded by everyone we can convince to join us along the way.
Almighty God, give me the courage to stand publicly for all things holy, and to point people to the truth of the cross and the empty tomb, in Jesus Name. Amen.
The Rev. Becki Neumann (MDiv 2000, DMin Student)
Rector, South Riding Anglican Church
South Riding, VA
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