March 29- April 4: Holy Week 2021

March 29 Monday of Holy Week Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11 

30  Tuesday of Holy Week Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 

31 Wednesday of Holy Week Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25 

April 1 Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday)

Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1 Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15 

2 Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

Is 52:13—53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1—19:42 

3 Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/ Ex 14:15—15:1/Is 54:5-14/ Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/ Rom 6:3-11/Mk 16:1-7 


Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9  or Mk 16:1-7 or, at  Lk 24:13-35 

Still a pandemic, so we celebrate Holy Week as best we can, reflecting on the church readings each day. They can be found here.

The Holy Week gospels are mostly from the Gospel of John, the gospel least like Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ”, a film that tried to portray exactly what happened to Jesus on the last days of Holy Week. The gospel writers wanted to know more than the basic facts. Why did Jesus, the Son of God, suffer and die? What was behind it all? 

To explain what happened, they turned to the Jewish scriptures, as Jesus him did after he rose from the dead. 

Monday of Holy Week we’re in Bethany, where Martha, Mary and Lazarus,  celebrate God’s blessings with Jesus and his disciples. It’s a thanksgiving meal: Lazarus was raised from the dead.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Jesus betrayal by Judas is recalled. All of his disciples will soon abandon him. 

On Thursday, at table with his disciples washes their feet and then Jesus brings his disciples to the table and as a servant washes their feet. Then, as Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians recalls, Jesus took bread and wine and gave them to his disciples as his body and blood.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Good Friday the readings from Isaiah recall the Suffering Servant who gives his life for others and Psalm 22 recalls his suffering. The Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus’ Passion today. He sees Jesus as a conquering  King even as he suffers and dies. For a commentary on the Passion Narrative of John by Fr. Donald Senior see here. 

On Holy Saturday evening, readings from Genesis on speak of Jesus and his mission to save the world. On Easter the various gospels announce his resurrection. He has risen! The waters of baptism are as a sign that we shall rise too.

Morning and Evening Prayer for Week 2  here.

Stations of the Cross for Adults here.

Praying with Children here.

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