On Sunday the proclamation of the word took place through the words of Scripture themselves. It’s not often that many of us hear this whole story – – from the anointing of Jesus through the last supper with his disciples to his death and burial. It’s not often that we hear how the crowds shouted “Hosanna!” on Sunday, wondered what’s coming next on Thursday, and then denied Jesus and scattered in the days that followed. It’s not often that we hear the fear of Jesus’ enemies turn into anger and, ultimately, violence.
And so as the words of Scripture proclaim the love of God in the suffering of Jesus, as the story is opened for us in word and symbol and song – – May we listen for our place in it. May we find ourselves in the passionate anointer, the nervous disciples, the tragic deserter, the mocking soldier, or the compassionate provider of the tomb. May we find ourselves and use these first witnesses to guide our devotion and reflection not just this morning, but this whole week, and even next Sunday when we hear the good news of the resurrection, good news for all people.
The Anointing at Bethany – Mark 14:1-9
The Passover with the Disciples – Mark 14:10-25
In Gethsemane – Mark 14:26-52
Trial and Denial – Mark 14:53-72
Jesus Before Pilate – Mark 15:1-20
Jesus is Crucified – Mark 15:21-32
The Death of Jesus – Mark 15:33-41
The Burial – Mark 15:42-47