Here we are, Holy Week. It’s been a good run through Lent so far. As we enter into this week may we do our best to insert ourselves into what it must have been like for Jesus that week. I wonder sometimes how He could have handled the drastic shift from being praised as a king on Sunday and crucified just a few days later. Literally, he went from hearing the crowd shout “Hosanna!” to hearing the same crowd shout “Crucify him!” in a matter of days. How did He handle that? I guess He was used to it. As we see in the Gospel stories, he had a lot of people that were becoming true followers, yet many who wanted him dead. All the while he was able to keep the Father’s voice at the forefront of his mind.
Is it possible that we could somehow do that as well? That we could accept incredible amounts of praise as well as incredible amounts of ridicule without forgetting who we are. I think that one of the great challenges of life is to allow, as Henry Noewen puts it, “The voice of the one who calls us beloved” to be the main voice we listen to. As I reflect on Lent 2010 that has been my main takeaway… listening to God’s voice, what He says about me instead of the voice of the world and the Evil One. John 17 gives me great hope. Knowing that his death is near, Jesus prays for himself, for his disciples and for all believers. This is his desire for each of us, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20b-21) The Evil One would love nothing more than for us to live separated from that very truth, that we are one as the Father and Jesus are one. Satan wants us to think that we are on our own, that we have been left to negotiate this life by ourselves. That is so far from the truth! Through the Cross, Jesus made it possible for us to be one with the Father just as Adam and Eve were one. That is our reality today; may we live into it.
Lie: We are on our own in this life
Truth: We have been made one with the Father through Jesus
“…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”