A Reflection: Fear has us grasping at old habits. Fear seeks the security found in chasing what is customary and typical. Fear too often drives us back, yet the fear Jesus must have experienced in that moment, though significant, did not drive his response. His prayer in the garden a short time earlier seemed to suggest a lot of fear, yet Jesus did not take an approach that would have been defined as customary. The disciples were ready to reach for the sword, to grab ahold of violence when there was the threat of violence. In that moment, Jesus remained committed to what he taught throughout his ministry. He knew a violent response at that important turning point would undermine the very message he hoped to communicate, and though it would mean his arrest and execution, he would not waver. Today, we need a few more examples of those who do not reach for the old typical responses, but reach for what will ultimately bring real change to the world in which we live.
Prayer: Holy God, as we continue to follow Jesus on this Maundy Thursday, let us remain faithful to his ways. The world will never know the transformative power of the Jesus message if we do not reflect the ways exemplified in his life, especially in those moments when we feel threatened and afraid. Be our encourager every hour of every day. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge