PASSION/PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 5...PSALM 31: 14-16, 24
“BUT I TRUST IN YOU, O LORD; I SAY, ‘YOU ARE MY GOD.’ MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HAND; DELIVER ME FROM THE HAND OF MY ENEMIES AND PERSECUTORS. LET YOUR FACE SHINE UPON YOUR SERVANT; SAVE ME IN YOUR STEADFAST LOVE...BE STRONG, AND LET YOUR HEART TAKE COURAGE, ALL YOU WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD.”
In this time of uncertainty and surreal-ness in which we find ourselves, there is fear, and even hopelessness for some who are caught in the reality of unemployment, illness, hospitalization, or even the death of loved ones during the Coronavirus pandemic. The story of the suffering Christ that will be played out for us during this coming Holy Week, is a powerful message for this time. We may recognize ourselves in the fearful crowd of Jesus’ time, or perhaps even among the betrayers. We might ask, why does Jesus enter into such suffering? The answer is simply, to plant hope, and life, and God’s very self deep in all human suffering. From now on, there is no place of hurt and sorrow where Jesus is not there first. He defeated all dread, and death, and sin, so that we would no longer live in fear. With the promise of the Resurrection ahead, we pray that the mind of Jesus will be planted in us, enabling us to turn to our neighbors with compassion and love.
For this week’s Prayer Station at home, here are some ideas:
You will need wall space, a piece of material, or a large piece of paper for people to post written or drawn prayer requests (be creative!);
Provide a container with pencils, pens, or markers.and some post-it notes, or other small pieces of paper and tape, near the posting spot;
Put up a sign that says “Wailing Wall”
If you can, keep a tea light burning near the prayer requests all week.
ACTIVITY: The Wailing Wall
Each day, write or draw a prayer request to God and post it on the spot you have chosen. This is the Wailing Wall, where you can come with your most heartfelt prayers for yourself, your family, your neighbor/friend, the Church, your city, your state, your nation, your world. If this is a family activity, after praying for your own request, choose a prayer request of another family member to pray for. Trust that God will hear.
Think about, or write down a short response to the question: When has God’s face shone upon you and saved you in God’s “steadfast love?”