Holy Wednesday: Betrayal and suffering, healing and Eucharist

From the Collect for Holy Wednesday

……Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord……

From the Eucharistic Gospel for Holy Wednesday

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. John 13. 21–22. 

On this Holy Wednesday, we are invited to ponder where we have betrayed Jesus. Betrayal is such a strong word, and I doubt that any of us have betrayed to the degree of Judas, and yet, in ways small, and perhaps not so small, we have been unfaithful to Jesus, we have broken our promises to Jesus.  

This is what we reflected on during our our Holy Eucharist this morning.  Twenty St. Mary’s folks showed up for worship and the sacrament of healing.  One of our Eucharistic Visitors took a communion kit full of bread and wine to the eldercare facility down the street and shared God’s abundant love with our neighbors. 

Tomorrow we begin the Triduum, three days of worship which culminates with the Great Vigil of Easter at sunset on Saturday evening.  An important part of the three day worship is the Watch with Christ Prayer Vigil which commences at the culmination of the Maundy Thursday Eucharist and lasts through the night until the Good Friday noonday service begins.  Will you show up for an hour to pray?

Diane, Sonya, and Max get the Good Friday cross 
from the attic.

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