Follow...and serve A Lenten Devotion for April 13, 2017

This week is Holy Week, the final week of Lent and the end of this devotion. I hope it has been uplifting to you. This week, instead of our routine, we will stick closely to the scriptural story of this week. We will follow Mark’s gospel as it gives a very stark rendering of Jesus’ last week of earthly ministry. I owe this week’s readings to The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, which details the process and meaning of Holy Week, utilizing Mark’s gospel. It is a stellar read.

Mark 14:17-25

When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.’ They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, ‘Surely, not I?’ He said to them, ‘It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’

BONUS: Foot washing happened that day, too. We will be sharing this act tonight at 6pm. Hope you can join us.

Watch below as Pope Francis demonstrated last Maundy Thursday.

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Created with images by lcb - "eucharist christian bread" • fabiowanderley - "rio christ cristo" • Ed Bierman - "Washing feet"

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