Our reading today comes from Matthew, chapters 20-22
Wow. Here we are half way through Holy Week. The pace of the scriptures in these three chapters picks up dramatically as we witness the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
The overall message for me in these three chapters is the same. I feel the tension in Jesus’ heart, and the passion in His in His words. “Wake up! You are missing the point! Change your ways now, while there is still time.”
Through the parables, the clearing of the Temple, the confrontation with the religious leaders – Jesus is making His last effort to reach us. I think it is the same today. Here I am during Holy Week, busy, running, doing life just the same as all other weeks. But after reading this, I stopped this morning. I just let everything on my mind go, and I spent some time in the labyrinth just soaking up His presence. And I am thankful for that. He spoke to me in wonderful ways. He gave me some guidance I had truly been in search of for a long time. I was at peace. What a gift.
I hope that where ever you are, you will make a conscious effort to slow down and spend time in His presence over the next 3 days. Accept the gift He is offering, while you have the opportunity.
I admit, some times I just don’t get it. I am so busy focused on so many things, that I breeze right by You without a thought. Forgive me. Help me to develop the discipline of solitude in my life that I might have a richer experience of Your presence and grace. Thank You for Your patience with me. After reading today’s scripture, it is obvious that I truly don’t deserve it. But You give it freely anyway. How wonderful a King You are.
Help me to live into Your presence deeply this week, and to soak up Your Spirit.
In the name of the Rock I pray,