Date: April 13
Lectionary Link: https://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/HolyWk/HolyWed_RCL.html
Contributor: Chris Mayr
From September to May, I do a daily meditation program based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius entitled CHALLENGE by Mark Link, S. J. As I read today's Gospel, I thought the following was one I would share with you to reflect upon.
"After the Passover meal, Jesus and his disciples sang the "Hallel." No doubt tears flooded their eyes as they did. Jews has been singing it now for over a thousand years. Its words read:
"I am your servant, Lord....
I will give you what I have promised....
I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done...
The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.
This was done by the Lord;
what a wonderful sight it is!
This is the day of the Lord's victory;
let us be happy, let us celebrate! "Psalm 1116:16, 19, 118: 17, 22-24
What phrase of the "Hallel" strikes me most as I reread it slowly and reverently, meditating on how it applies in a special way to Jesus as he began his final hours on earth?"