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These days before Easter are holy days. Christians worshipped on Thursday night and many will again worship today. On Thursday the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples. Today is a day for remembering Jesus death, remembering his suffering, and remembering how the people responded. In remembering we are also confronting ourselves. We are considering our own reactions to Jesus presence in the world and in our lives. Where have we allowed ourselves to separate ourselves from Jesus? Where have we denied Jesus? Where have we served God? Where have we served ourselves? How are we living?
In the scriptures we read about various people’s reactions to Jesus. We read about the woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume, realizing the blessing of being in the presence of Jesus. We read about Judas and his concern about money rather than the kingdom of God. We read about two thieves who were crucified with Jesus. One seeking Jesus’ kingdom and the other mocking Jesus. We read about the women who stood with Jesus while he died. We read about those who denied Jesus. We read about those who offered what they had to Jesus. We read about those who are like us. We read about those who are different.
In these days of worship, reflection, and final preparation for Easter, we are asked to consider what we value, how we live, and what we want for ourselves and the world. Then, when Easter morning dawns we are able to celebrate not only Jesus resurrection, but we are also able to celebrate the new life available to all of us through Jesus. Take time to consider who you are, the role of your faith in you life, Jesus gift of grace, and the possibilities for you.