Holy Wednesday 2019 Meditation
Wednesday of Holy Week 2019
Read: Luke 19:41 – 22:1-6, 39-46
The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was approaching. 2 The chief priests and the legal experts were
looking for a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. 4 He went out and discussed with the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard how he could hand Jesus over to them.
5 They were delighted and arranged payment for him. 6 He agreed and began looking for an opportunity to hand Jesus
over to them—a time when the crowds would be absent. (Luke 22:1-6)
It is mid-week. Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus continued his ministry with vigor in plain sight for all to hear and see what he had to share. Early in the week he had cleared the temple of the crooks preying on the faithful who came to worship God. He had taught about true authority, about fruitfulness and about trusting God to the point of giving God all we have just as the poor widow did. He challenged the religious leaders, legal experts, and the common folk to look beyond themselves.
If they would lift their heads and hearts above the things they held fast to in order to justify their very narrow opinions and their tendency to allow the anxieties of daily life to control and lead them to unfaithful living, they would be able to see him and the authority of God within him. Above all, they would be able to envision the kingdom of God he was ushering in.
Woven throughout his Holy Week work of grace and mercy was Jesus’ awareness that even as he sought to teach them about the love of God, there were those who were aggressively plotting his death. Sadly, one of his own disciples would be roped into the plot as well. Jesus knew all of this. I wonder how our Lord sustained himself as he did heavy work and faced life-destroying opposition?
Holy scripture tells us that each day of that first Holy week leading up to Jesus’ arrest, Jesus taught in the temple. And every night he spent on the Mount of Olives. We know that the Mount of Olives was where Jesus went to pray. It is reported that on the night he was arrested he prayed that the cup of his suffering would be taken from him, but above all, that the will of God would be done.
If Jesus our Lord is sustained by active ministry during the day and by prayer at night, should we not do the same as his disciples? And with him, should we not be asking for the will of God to be done in our lives? I hope and pray that as we live this day and move into the night, we would spend our energy serving in the spirit of Jesus, and move into the night surrendering it all to God in prayer, trusting that God will receive our labor and our prayers and prepare us for what is yet to come. With Jesus, may we never cease to pray for the will of God to be done in our lives for God’s kingdom of grace, mercy, love, justice and peace beckons us.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño