WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH
A TIME OF INSTRUCTION
In this painful, dreadful week, we sadly anticipate what is to come. As we gather with Jesus, his eyes are sad, his countenance earnest. He asks us to listen as he prays for us, and that is all we will do today. Jesus looks up to heaven and begins:
Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Sit in the silence and dwell in his love, his words, his presence.
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Bible verses taken from https://www.biblegateway.com
I think we have a lot for which to answer.
I’m Mongolian, ethnic kin to the Uighurs who are being genocided by our valued Red Chinese trading partners. I see pictures, I see a mirror.
And we Christians follow the NBA, and plan Disney movie nights and holidays, these two organizations being prominent in protecting their links with Beijing.
We can only ask for prayers in our behalf, and the forgiveness of our callow failings.
They say each generation crucifies Christ anew. This time He has slanted eyes and yellow skin.
Like what I see in that mirror.
And I am sore ashamed.
And so we live a life of ease,
discomfort is beyond recall
along with thoughts of least of these,
dear Jesus Christ, pray for us all!
We buy a Disney movie,
watch the local hoops with pride,
and while we’re feeling groovy,
we’re accessories to genocide.
Are they more important,
Mulan and the NBA?
Is moral deportment
something that is kept in play
that in the end we think it true,
better it’s not me, but you?
I wrestle with your questions, too… how often does my own comfort – or my own distance – lead me to ignore or perhaps even contribute to the harm of others, the crucifying of Christ anew?
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