Holy Week 2020
Ministries within the Presbytery of the Miami Valley are collaborating to provide devotional material for each day of Holy Week. Please feel free to share this material with others.
Scripture: John 12:1-11
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.
Today's reflection is from the Rev. Diane Ziegler. She serves Bellbrook Presbyterian Church.
Prayer: Inspired by Psalm 35:5-7
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens and your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains. Help us be faithful with one another at this strange time. Equip us to accompany one another as far as we can go with your precious, steadfast love. May all people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Amen.
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