Sixth Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2013

Reflections for the Lenten Season

Sixth Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Luke 22:14-23:56 (pdf)

Sunset Jesus

Therefore, rejoice, oh friend, and sing in the darkness of sorrow:
Night is the mother of day, Chaos the neighbor of God.
Erik Johan Stagnelius translated by Bill Coyle

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord hear my voice!
Psalm 130:1

The Passion of Christ (Luke 22-23) is a sacred story of internal struggle (“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me) and a story of the external forces of betrayal and violence that would end Christ’s life. These struggles are the passions of the human story. Not one of us avoids or escapes the darkness of sorrow, the bitterness of betrayal, or the destruction of violence. We are not affected in the same ways, some suffer much more than others and the causes of suffering vary. There can be no generalizing about suffering, except that it is part of the human condition.

We know how the story of Christ’s Passion ends, or rather, how it is the beginning of a new story. And as eager as we are to be reminded of that new life, it is good to allow the story of the Passion to recall for us that suffering is a place where God’s absence may be deeply felt. Luke’s story of the Passion calls us to a place of deep faith where we cling, as Christ did, to the promise that God is never absent while perhaps still experiencing that absence. And in giving ourselves over to this experience, where we cry out to God in darkness, we encounter the profound truth of God who is Presence.


-Regina Wilson
 Assistant Director
 Campus Ministry



Weekly Gospel Readings for the Week of March 24th

  • Monday

    John 12:1-11 (pdf)
    "...anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair..."

  • Tuesday

    John 13:21-33, 36-38 (pdf)
    "'Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.'"

  • Wednesday

    Matthew 26:14-25 (pdf)
    "'Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.'"

  • Holy Thursday

    John 13:1-15 (pdf)
    "He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end."

  • Good Friday

    John 18:1-19:42 (pdf)
    "Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden..."

  • Holy Saturday

    Luke 24:1-12 (pdf)
    "Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened."