Note: TableThink is focusing on the key elements of Holy Week. Our regularly scheduled features will return on Monday, April 22. We invite you to join the TableThink community’s intentional daily focus on Christ.
This is an incredible week to focus and meditate on Christ who reveals the power of love which has no beginning or end. It’s beyond what can be imagined when we live in and through the love of Christ. *We invite you to experience and share these simple meditations for adults and kids this week. The full week’s listing will be updated on the article, Sunday Soul Work: Holy Week. The Think On This daily devotion and 2-minute podcast will be featured and include the daily meditation for adults and kids.
Listen . . .
Think On This . . .
There are sacred moments in life to memorize. The sacred is recorded in John 12 as Mary anointed Jesus with expensive oil. It was a brave and bold move to initiate the ritual of anointing, usually performed for kingship or for a burial.
Judas, who would betray Jesus, criticized her for using expensive oil. Judas’ heart was clearly closed to Jesus’ ever-present love. And . . . Jesus told Judas . . . to leave Mary alone. It had to be very offensive to Judas to be “put in his place.” Women had no place to express a different opinion from the opinion of a man in the culture of the day.
Mary had to decide if, she would allow Judas’ words to impact her as a victim does . . . or if, she would receive the loving affirmation of Jesus . . . and recognize the value of the sacred act of anointing. Certainly, the anointing had been a response to Jesus’ love.
Love’s grace empowers humanity to be released and freed of being a victim of the darkness.
Mary clearly chose to be vulnerable through love . . . rather than to be a victim of her circumstances . . . giving what she had . . . risking rejection . . . boldly doing what she had no right to do in the culture she lived in.
Meditate . . . Be still and know God . . .
Mary revealed the presence of Jesus in her life was of greater worth than anything she possessed. And . . . she aligned with the purpose . . . to be and do everything in love. This is an image of total self-giving in an extreme act of love and devotion, a sacred soul-deep act. Love is the catalyst to go beyond our own needs in a self-giving sacred act.
Think on this . . .
We are called to more . . . a sacred life . . . a response of great love. Our words, thoughts, and actions are to be love. In other words . . . our life . . . is to be love. This is what makes life sacred every. single. day.
For Kids . . .
Start a conversation about . . . sacred acts of love . . . a response of great love.
Conversation starters: Who do you love? What can you do for this person because you love him/her?
- God is love.
- Love comes from God.
- God’s love is in you.
- Do something out of your love. It will make a difference.
— Kerrie Palmer (@KerrieLPalmer) April 16, 2019
In our conversation at the table, Joshua questioned me about some of my thoughts and experiences on Holy Week.
On Palm Sunday, April 14, TableThink will provide some resources for you to use during Holy Week. This will include some thoughts on John 20-10-11. John, referred to as the other disciple, and Peter went home after seeing the linen cloths lying in the tomb and the burial cloth folded.
The thing is . . . they went home . . . missing the most magnificent moment in humanity’s history.
Mary went back to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and experienced more than can be imagined.