HE FOUND THEM SLEEPING
with Rev. Rachel
45 HE FOUND THEM SLEEPING Luke 23
This is Palm Sunday. The quiet of the morning gives way to chaos. In at least one pocket of Jerusalem, the streets are filled. When will he come by here? This evening, imagine Jesus sharing supper with Martha, Mary and Lazarus, while eating yours.
Jesus has woken before you, to make his way back into the city. What he sees us prioritizing grieves him deeply. He is furious. Monday looks like moment after moment of Jesus encountering all that needs redeeming. Again, he leaves for the night. He knows tomorrow will be contentious.
Tuesday, he is confronted for what did yesterday. Listen for the voices questioning his authority. Still, he teaches, sharing among others, the parables of the vineyard and the wedding banquet. The last stories he told... do you know which they were?
Wednesday: Judas is busy. Meanwhile, Jesus rests. This evening, Mary will pour upon him costly perfumed oil. Judas shifts from his scheming long enough to object. If there is table in sight, look for Jesus there. He is making a place for Mary’s offering and suggesting that her gift is one that will mean even more by week’s end.
Later today a new commandment is issued and makes this Thursday, Maundy (from the Latin, mandatum). But before the evening meal, and the “Love one another as I have loved you,” the disciples are preparing sacred space. Our nighttime coincides with the Garden.
While we slept, Jesus was arrested and detained. It is Good Friday. Throughout the morning, see him standing before various accusers. Soldiers are walking him through the city and up the hill. For the next three hours, he hangs and because they want him out of sight before the start of the Sabbath, by 6:00, he is buried.
Holy Saturday: Jesus is gone. It’s over. Nothing went the way it was supposed to go. The last three years had been in vain. The authorities would surely come for them. The disciples are dying inside. They feel foolish and afraid.
Now as then, will he find us sleeping? Consider what wakefulness means for you. And this exchange between a student and a teacher: What can I do to become enlightened? As little as you can do to make the sun rise. Then why do you suggest spiritual practices? So you are awake when the sun does rise.