Category Archives: Thoughts for the Day

Wednesday: Jesus Rested (But We Don’t)

The Synoptic Gospels agree that Jesus rested on Wednesday. Many believe that John’s chronology differs, but our Holy Week Readings have followed the Synoptic chronology and so shall we. However, though Jesus rested, we read the final portion of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday: Parables, Debate, and Conflict over Authority

Many texts make up today’s readings. I would lift up one text that keeps the thread of the passion story going.  In Matthew 21:23-27 the authority of Jesus is questioned. Therein we read: When Jesus entered the temple, the chief … Continue reading

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Monday: The Cleansing of the Temple

Mark 11:12-19 Jesus does not do much on Monday, not much; but what he does is both puzzling and provocative. First he does what is puzzling.  He curses a fig tree even though it was not the season for fig. … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:4-5, 9; Mark 11:1-8; Luke 19:37-40; John 12:12,16 All four gospels record Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. There is no doubt in my mind that he purposefully enacts the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout … Continue reading

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Saturday before Palm Sunday: The Anointing at Bethany

( Mark 14:5-9, John 11:55-12:11)  The Readings For Holy Week begin on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. Jesus goes to Bethany and a woman#1.  anoints his feet with a generous portion of pure nard, which is very costly. Judas, who … Continue reading

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