First Week in Lent, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
“Be careful not to spend your time feasting, drinking, or worrying about worldly things. If you do, that day might come on you suddenly, like a trap on all people on earth. So be ready all the time. Pray that you will be strong enough to escape all these things that will happen and that you will be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
During the day, Jesus taught the people in the Temple, and at night he went out of the city and stayed on the Mount of Olives. Every morning all the people got up early to go to the Temple to listen to him.
It was almost time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover Feast. The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people.
Satan entered Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Judas went to the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the Temple and talked to them about a way to hand Jesus over to them. They were pleased and agreed to give Judas money. He agreed and watched for the best time to hand Jesus over to them when he was away from the crowd.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We seek you in the light of day and find you in this sacred prayer space. We seek you in the darkest nights and still you are here, drawing near to us. We listen to your stories of your faithfulness to your creation and to us, your image-bearers. You have always been with us; you are with us now in our time of need.
In this holy space we come to hear you speak love and peace into our innermost being. You gently remind us not to party all the time or be consumed with worry, as these things prevent us from hearing you and being in the moment with you. You invite us to pray as a way of living in your presence, being aware of your presence, and enjoying your presence. You are in the moment with us, guiding us to be ready to answer your call.
I remember to remember your faithfulness today, O LORD, and thank you for…
Guard our hearts so we may remain in love with you. Guard our minds so we may think only of your ways. Guard our mouths so no hurtful or cursed words escape us. Guard our ears so we may only hear your voice as we press against your lips. Guard our hands so our work may be a blessing. Guard our feet so we will walk your path in a good way. Guard your creation so we may greet each other in a good way for all our days.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler