March 27, 2024
Wednesday of Holy Week
The Appointed Time
See, the Lord GOD is my help.
Isaiah 50:9

No matter what this Lent has been about, no matter what I’ve done or not done well, I can still give myself fully to this Holy Week. Jesus is still calling!

Today would have been Bl. Stanley Rother’s 89th birthday, America’s first martyr. Although on a death list, he returned to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City-sponsored mission in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, because he’d promised his parishioners he would be with them for Holy Week. He wrote, “Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom.”

Look at this week with new eyes. Say yes to the quiet moments. Each morning, look at your Bible before your phone. Read the Passion story. Spread joy in whatever circumstance you are in. Celebrate the Triduum, and, if possible, go to the Easter Vigil.

- María Ruiz Scaperlanda

Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 • Matthew 26:14-25

Comments

March 28, 2024 at 07:03 AM

Lord please hear our prayers and bring your light to all those suffering in Baltimore with the Bridge collapse, Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Send them your light. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

March 27, 2024 at 01:36 PM

Excellent idea, Maria, “read the passion story!” ❤️ Excellent reading for the passion week written 700 years before Jesus was born in Isaiah 52:13-53:1-12, “The Lord says, “My Servant will act wisely and accomplish His task. He will be highly honored. He will be greatly respected. Many people were shocked when they saw Him. He was so scarred that He no longer looked like a person. His body was so twisted that He did not look like a human being anymore. But many nations will be surprised when they see what He has done. Kings will be so amazed that they will not be able to say anything. They will understand things they were never told. They will know the meaning of things they never heard.” Who has believed what we’ve been saying? Who has seen the Lord’s saving power? His servant grew up like a tender young plant. He grew like a root coming up out of dry ground. He didn’t have any beauty or majesty that made us notice Him. There wasn’t anything special about the way He looked that drew us to Him. People looked down on Him. They didn’t accept Him. He knew all about pain and suffering. He was like someone people turn their faces away from. We looked down on Him. We didn’t have any respect for Him. He suffered the things we should have suffered. He took on Himself the pain that should have been ours. But we thought God was punishing Him. We thought God was wounding Him. and making Him suffer. But the servant was pierced because we had sinned. He was crushed because we had done what was evil. He was punished to make us whole again. His wounds have healed us. All of us are like sheep. We have wandered away from God. All of us have turned to our own way. And the Lord has placed on His Servant the sins of all of us. He was treated badly and made to suffer. But He didn’t open His mouth. He was led away like a lamb to be killed. Sheep are silent while their wool is being cut off. In the same way, He didn’t open His mouth. He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of My people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening? He was given a grave with those who were evil. But His body was buried in the tomb of a rich man. He was killed even though He hadn’t harmed anyone. And He had never lied to anyone. The Lord says, “It was My plan to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. I made His life an offering to pay for sin. But He will see all His children after Him. In fact, He will continue to live. My plan will be brought about through Him. After He has suffered, He will see the light of life. And He will be satisfied. My Godly Servant will make many people godly because of what He will accomplish. He will be punished for their sins. So I will give Him a place of honor among those who are great. He will be rewarded just like others who win the battle. That’s because He was willing to give His life as a sacrifice. He was counted among those who had committed crimes. He took the sins of many people on Himself. And He gave his life for those who had done what is wrong.” *** God’s plan is of long ago ✝️ *** Jesus, the obedient servant, fulfilled their (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) plan of long ago ✝️ *** So the gift of Salvation plan is available to you and I ✝️ ******* Praise You, Lord Jesus ❤️

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