06 April 2020
Reflections for Holy Week 2020
Barbara Glasson and Clive Marsh have written short reflections for Holy Week. On Easter Sunday we will share their longer reflections for that day.
Saturday 11 April (Holy Saturday) - Barbara Glasson
(Prompted by John 19:38-42)
We have carried this
dead weight between us
wrapped rags around tattered dreams
lain down, this weighty love
We have followed the customs,
the old familiar protocols,
helping us bear what we cannot bear
The heavy scent of death
all those hopes crucified
we have locked everything down
sealed the tomb
Go home, prepare for what?
Let the dead go, help the living live?
Keep safe, keep others safe?.
And yet we wait, and still we say
the dawn will come, tomorrow
in the morning the sun will rise again
surely the stone will roll away?
Friday 10 April (Good Friday) - Clive Marsh
(Prompted by Psalm 22)
O God, our God, why have you forsaken us?
Why are you so far from us, and our words of groaning?
How close are you to those who gasp for breath?
On this day of all days we need to know that you are with us.
To you we cry; in you we trust,
though we are dust.
You do not despise the affliction of the afflicted.
You do not hide your face.
You feed those who lack food.
You comfort the sorrowful.
You do not keep your distance.
You stand beside us in our helplessness.
But on the third day…
Lord, we wait.
Thursday 9 April (Maundy Thursday) - Barbara Glasson
(Prompted by John 13: 1-16)
This homely act
this simple task
this humble posture
has stripped pride to its waist
This wiping of the dust
washing the grit and cracks
from tired and weary feet.
This simple glory
turns the world on her heel
pivoting from pomp to presence
revealing the hard worn arches
of hidden sacred places
This kneeling, to serve, to bind
to take the towel and bowl
assume the servant’s part
This holiest communion.
Wednesday 8 April - Clive Marsh
(Prompted by Hebrews 12.1-3)
Pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
we are far from perfect,
and the imperfections and frailties of the world around us are all too apparent today.
But you endured the cross,
all of us,
every single one of us;
and all creatures,
every single creature.
We see your suffering,
are ashamed at the hostility you endured,
and wince at the violence of the cross.
Yet as we look
and as we shield our eyes,
we do not grow weary,
nor do we lose heart.
For in you there is always life.
Tuesday 7 April - Barbara Glasson
(Prompted by 1 Corinthians 18-31)
How is this weakness strong?
what point to sacrifice
this holy love brought low
how is this folly wise?
How does the kingdom come
through such a gentle power
how will new life be given
in this dark watchful hour?
When will new life be given
how is love revealed
when fear still overcomes
how will the earth be healed?
What mystery is this?
the Son of God despised
how can such foolish strength
be glory realised?
Monday 6 April - Clive Marsh
(Prompted by John 12.1-11)
There will again be a time to celebrate, but it is not now.
There will again be a time for feasting, but not today.
There will again be a time to pour out expensive perfume, but for the moment we leave it stored.
We long for resurrection, but for now see mostly death.
We long for the fresh air of freedom, but today salvation keeps most at home,
whilst nurses and doctors keep Lazarus company, and water waits to be turned to wine.
It will all come; but not today.
Today, we hope.
In Christ, with Christ, through Christ.