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March 28 // The Language

March 28 // The Language

Today, the middle of this holy week, we begin our fast in solidarity with the sufferings of Christ. We turn our hearts and minds to Jesus, who laid down His life for us.  Throughout His life on earth, Christ shows His great love for people. The scripture tells us He was filled with compassion. He wept over loss and fiercely defended those considered weak. As Jesus looked out over Jerusalem, He speaks His love over the city as if heartbroken, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37).

In Jesus we see that the language of the Kingdom of God is love. His love for us, led Him to the cross.  We remember this today.

And we anticipate the life of celebration that comes with His resurrection.  What do you anticipate resurrecting in you this year? How can these three days of fasting make space to be awakened again to the love of Christ?

Scripture for Contemplation:

John 15:1-17

Art for Contemplation:

Disciples Having Left Their Hiding Place, Watch From Afar in Agony

Closing Prayer:

Anima Christi

I choose to breathe the
Breath of Christ that makes all life holy

I choose to live the
Flesh of Christ that outlasts sin’s
Corrosion and decay

I choose the Blood of Christ
Along my veins and in my heart
That dizzies me with joy

I choose the living waters flowing from His side
To wash clean my own self
And the world itself

I choose the awful agony of Christ
To charge my senseless sorrow
With meaning and to make my pain
Pregnant with power

I choose you, Good Jesus
You know I choose you

Good Lord, count me among the victories
That you have won in bitter woundedness
Never, number me among those alien to you

Make me safe from all that seek to destroy me
Summon me to come to you

Stand me solid among angels and saints
Chanting ‘yes’ to all you have done
Exulting in all you mean to do
Forever and ever

Then for this time
Keep me from the core of myself
Choosing Christ in the world

Amen.

Additional Resources:

N.T. Wright on Easter