Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Phillipians 2 6-11
how do I "celebrate"
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to "celebrate" this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.
Sunday we held palm branches in our hands, and waved them to greet our Lord's entry into the city of our salvation. Last year's palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches in a special place in our home Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love
The image of the crucified Christ is the greatest sign we will ever have of perfect, loving obedience to the will of God.
As we meditate on the death and resurrection of Jesus this Holy Week, let’s especially focus on the glorious victory that Jesus won for us by his reverent submission to God. Let’s allow the promise of the gospel to move us to imitate Jesus’ life of obedience
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
'On Ya' - ma