We now walk into the thick of the passion narrative.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover were the
most important festivals of the year. This was a week
of remembrance, inviting people to rehearse again the
escape from Egypt and the rescue from slavery. Even so,
we are on the brink of Holy Week, a time to recall God's
saving acts for us in Jesus. We walk with him through
the agony of those last days and hours, his trials and
betrayals, his cruel death. We hear, briefly, of the women
who had supported him in life and now stood with him
in death. God's love was too much of an irritant to both
civic and religious empires, but he would not abandon
the path that took him to the cross. He offers his body
and blood as the sign of the covenant between us, the
nourishment we need to follow in his way.
Wrap us in the mystery of this love, O God. As we partake
in the communion you began, fill us with the courage and
wisdom we will need to follow you. Amen.
Mark 14:1–15:47 (NRSV)
1 It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him;
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.