I Peter 2:21-24)
God, what a painful Passion paid for the sins of the world! When
I realize that Your Son went through such violence, such torment,
it makes me fall down on my knees. O Savior, what a hard-won gift
is life eternal! Help me to keep my eyes on the cross, that I may
love and serve You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
April 15, 2014
(Meditation: Matthew 26:36-42)
I can picture Jesus, all alone among the olive trees in Gethsemane,
because His friends were asleep. His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow.
As He looked toward Jerusalem, up on the hill, He knew that the
Cross lay ahead. Three times He prayed, "Let this cup pass from
me." Yet He prayed, "Your will be done." God, may I pray that prayer,
too, even in my most trying times. "God, Your will be done." Amen.
April 16, 2014
(Meditation: John 13:1-5)
Use my hands, O God. Make them productive like the sweaty, dusty
hands of the Carpenter. Put them to work serving others like the
Hands that washed the feet of the disciples. Make them to show love
like the Hands that healed with a touch. Make them to do brave things
like the Hands folded calmly before Pontius Pilate. Make them to
do works of witness like the Hands that broke Bread and poured Wine.
Make them to bear suffering like the Hands that were pierced by
nails. Use my hands to serve Him Who showed me the way. In Jesus'
April 17, 2014
(Meditation: John 13:12-17)
After Jesus ate with His disciples, He poured water in a basin,
took a towel, knelt beside each one, and quietly washed his feet.
Even as He faced an agonizing death, the Suffering Servant showed
them again how much He loved them by humbling Himself to serve them
one by one. God, make me aware of the needs of others, and strengthen
me to serve them. In Jesus' name. Amen.
April 18, 2014
"Jesus cried in a loud voice, "My God, My God, Why have You forsaken
me?" . . . And with a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. The curtain
of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. . . Then the centurion,
who stood there in front of Jesus, heard His cry and saw how He
died, said, "Surely this Man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15: 33-34,
April 20, 2014
"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James,
and Salome bought spices to anoint Jesus' body. . . But when they
looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. As they
entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe,
sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Do not be alarmed,"
he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene Who was crucified.
He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you
into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.'" (Mark