It was Holy Week this week, the time where the Church celebrates the last week of Jesus’ life, so it only felt appropriate to talk about just that. We talked about three important moments in the week; the last supper Jesus’ ate with his disciples, Jesus’ experience in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion itself.
We talked about how when Jesus was in the garden he knew he was about to suffer and die a terrible death. He was extremely grief stricken, sweating blood, and praying to God that he might escape the misery he was about to endure. In this moment we can see just how human Jesus really was. He was scared, anxious, and lonely. However, he had a choice. A choice to endure this trial, to honor his word, and to die for the good of all men. He chose to endure.
From his example we can learn we have a choice too. We can choose to do the right thing even when its hard. We too can choose to endure.
While Jesus was enduring the cross, what was he thinking about? We talked about how hard it would be to be in the middle of dying a terrible death, for crimes you did not commit, surrounded by the people you were dying for, and having them mock you and yell insults at you. It doesnt make sense to us for Jesus to die for people who hate him. So we took a look at some of the other people who were there when Jesus was dying. His friends, his followers, his family; people who loved him and had been changed by knowing him. These were people who might even be willing to die for Jesus too. If we squinted, we could maybe imagine why Jesus would die for those people, people who already loved him. So maybe thats what it was, maybe Jesus was able to see past the hate on the others faces, and see them as who they could be if they had a chance to get to know who he really was, if they had a chance to be changed into who he made them to be. So we have to wonder, what does Jesus see when he looks at us individually, and how would knowing that change how we live our lives?
Finally we talked about what the disciples must have been going through when all this was happening. Perhaps they thought back to the last meal the shared with Jesus when they gathered together to celebrate Passover. During the meal Jesus took bread and broke it and said “ this is my body, broken for you. Take and eat”. Then he took a cup of wine and said, “ This is my blood poured out for you. Take and drink.” He told them to do this and remember him. Today we celebrate the last supper, or Communion to do just that, to remember him. We talked about what that really means, and about how often we take communion without really thinking about the reason behind it. What can we do to not take this beautiful tradition for granted? Maybe what we need to is think seriously about the sacrifice he made for us. To think of Jesus as a friend, as a brother, who was killed for our behalf. To think about how because of what he did for us we not get to be a part of God’s family. How much more meaningful would bread and juice be to us if that was at the forefront of our minds? If we could try to think back to the last supper in the same way the disciples did?