Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:5-7

This is what God the Lord says—
   the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
      who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
      who gives breath to its people,
      and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
      I will take hold of your hand.
   I will keep you and will make you
      to be a covenant for the people
      and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
      to free captives from prison
      and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

John 12:1-8

crossSix days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Hebrews 9:13-14

The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!


prayinghands-300x209Almighty and most merciful God, from you comes every good and perfect gift. We give you praise and thanks for all your mercies. Your goodness has created us, your bounty has sustained us, your discipline has chastened us, your patience has borne with us, your love has redeemed us. Give us a heart to love and serve you, and enable us to show our thankfulness for all your goodness and mercy by giving up ourselves to your service, and cheerfully submitting in all things to your blessed will; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.  (The Book of Worship 1965)

2 thoughts on “Monday of Holy Week

  1. Kyle Idleman gave a devotion using Psalm 55. He said what we have read in “Longing to Pray”. The first 15 verses David states his anxieties; then he turns to worship the Lord. He said be specific in your prayers; don’t pray generally. He said that God didn’t say He would remove our problems but that God would sustain us. He stressed verses 16 and 17. Pray morning, noon, and night.
    Kyle Idleman points out my short comings.
    I thought it was a good lesson.


    1. It is a good lesson to be reminded of, especially during this difficult time. Reminds me of Paul, as well, “I pray continually for you.” We need to remember our own stresses and needs for sustainment as we pray. If we don’t take care of our own spirit — speaking openly with God as often as we need to — we will find it hard to love our neighbors as they need. His bounty surely sustains us, as he sustained Jesus in his human need. A good reminder this Holy Week.


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