Friday, April 18, 2014

For Holy Week, I wanted to provide links to previous and current writings which extend from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. 

At America Magazine’s The Good Word blog, you will find recent reflections from Terrance Klein and Drew Christiansen and at the Bible Junkies blog. Please also go The Word to find the most recent columns for Palm Sunday and Easter. 

The Palm Sunday post is a reflection on how quickly our attention can turn from intense interest and focus on Jesus to distraction in the context of a supposed evaluation by an athletic scout. When things do not turn out the way we expect, are we willing to be challenged to follow Jesus in all circumstances?

The next four blog posts were posted by me at the Good Word during Holy Week 2011. They are written from the point of view of a disciple who was “there,” inside the events, reflecting on what’s taking place as things are happening. Even though Holy Thursday is passed now, you might want to start there to get a sense of how the reflections develop.

For my writings on Holy Week in the Gospel of Mark commentary,   starting with Palm Sunday, in the context of Jesus' mission and Old Testament prophecy, please see Act 5, Scene 1.  For the rest of Holy Week, please se:

Act 6, Scenes 1, 2, 3 (Anointing at Bethany).
Act 6, Scene 4   (Last Supper)
Act 6, Scene 5  (Gethsemane)
Act 6, Scene 6   (Arrest)
Act 6, Scene 7 (Trial before the Sanhedrin)
Act 6, Scene 8   (Peter’s Denial)
Act 6, Scene 9 (Trial before Pilate)  
Act 6, Scene 10 (Crucifixion)
Act 6, Scene 11 (Jesus’ Body laid in the tomb)
Act 6, Scene 12 (Resurrection)

I hope that these reflections aid you in your own spiritual journey through Easter.

John W. Martens
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