Wednesday: Holy Week

April 13, 2022 ( Wednesday of Holy Week )
Good afternoon,

Jesus spends a week in Jerusalem, and John tells us little about it. The other Gospels have Jesus in Jerusalem only in that week. John has Jesus going back and forth a few times over the course of three years. Jesus arrives for the Parade in John 12:12. from 21:13-50, Jesus talks with his disciples about a few things, including his death. Then chapter 13 is the Last Supper with the foot washing scene.

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, they record all kinds of events and stories about Jesusin in the last week. Usually John is wordier, but here is not. But, the Last Supper is a really long scene for John. From chapter 13 through chapter 17 is Jesus telling the disciples many things. The other Gospels have mostly, the bread and the cup. No foot washing scene is included by them. The words here in John at the final meal, seem to be a summary of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. 

Sit with John 12:27 today:

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”   —- words from Jesus of Nazareth.Jesus is telling his best friends that he is going to die. It is an awkward and not easy discussion for Jesus and his friends to have in Jerusalem. They had hoped for a different ending to the week. They were looking for a new Kingdom, and not death of their leader and Saviour. Sit with the disappointment felt by Peter, Andrew, James , John….. What would you have said to Jesus ?

Grace and peace for our community of faith and life.

Chaos in the winds
Scattering my troubled thoughts

to land on soft clouds            Monica Pieper Landoni 2022