Silent Saturday

Silent Saturday Saturday was the Sabbath…a quiet day in Jerusalem. Jesus’ dead body lay in the tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers. Because of the quickly approaching Sabbath on Friday, Jesus was removed surreptitiously from the cross and quickly entombed. His body had been ceremonially treated by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, but not his disciples. […]

Maundy Thursday

It is Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. The name comes from Jesus washing the feet of the disciples…but I’m jumping ahead. Peter and John left Bethany before the others in order to make preparations for Passover dinner together. Once the upper room was prepared, Jesus and the remaining ten arrived. Before dinner, Jesus humbly washed […]

Holy Wednesday

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] Bethany was astir. People were talking. Why wouldn’t they? After all, not long before Holy Week, Jesus showed the world his power over death by raising his friend Lazarus from a tomb in Bethany. A week before […]

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] It is Tuesday morning and Jesus returns to Jerusalem with his disciples. As they pass the withered fig tree, Jesus reminds them of the importance of faith. They’re going to need it in a couple of days! […]

Jesus and the Fig Tree

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] Yesterday launched the holiest week on the church calendar. We call it Holy Week, the last week of Jesus’ mortal life. It began yesterday with Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem. There were shouts of praise […]

Holy Week

It’s been a strange year, hasn’t it? February had 28 days and March had like 350 days. April may be even longer! With so many schedule changes, I often don’t know what day of the week it is. So, public service announcement: It is Wednesday. But not just any Wednesday…it’s Wednesday of Holy Week. Last […]

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) by Francisco de Zurberan  I woke up this morning thinking of a Wednesday years ago in which Judas secretively took leave of his friends to sell his soul and sell out Jesus for a few pieces of silver.  Monday, long ago, Jesus cursed the fig tree, reminding me that God […]