As Holy Week unfolds, each day – a reflection can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/soulistrychurchyear
For those without access to Facebook (or don’t want to go on Facebook), I’ll be posting the reflections here.

These are the reflections for Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday. As with all Soulistry postings, you are welcome to share with others.


HOLY WEEK: Holy Monday

We have come to Monday in Holy Week.
Most of us are in isolation – quarantine because of COVID19.
Many are alone.
Alone with thoughts.
Alone with questions.
Alone.

Not just for today, but tomorrow and Wednesday and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and Holy Saturday of Holy Week.
Alone.

If anyone understands what ‘being alone’ means, especially this week,
it surely must be Jesus.

Perhaps this day/this night offers time
to reflect on
and pray about
what ‘being alone’ is
… for ourselves
… for others.

And what it was
for Jesus.

HOLY WEEK: Holy Tuesday

It is Tuesday in Holy Week.
The world continues to deal with COVID19.

Those of us who walk this Holy Path in this holiest of holy weeks, seek to make time to reflect – pray – consider Jesus’ activities on this day.

What was Jesus doing on Tuesday of what we have come to know as Holy Week? Some say that this was the day that Jesus told the story of the fig tree (Luke 13:1-9) which goes like this:

Once upon a time, there was a fig tree that did not bear fruit. For three years, the owner looked for figs, but there were none to be found. Finally, in frustration, the owner called the gardener and told him to cut the tree down. “Why should this tree go on using up good space and nutrients? It’s a waste of resources. Let’s get rid of it and plant another tree that will bear fruit.”

The gardener was more patient. “Don’t cut it down. Not yet,” he said. “Give it just one more year. I will give it water, dig around it and fertilize it. Then we shall see if it will bear fruit. Give the tree another chance.”

On this Tuesday in Holy Week, perhaps we might reflect (in our thoughts, our Journal, our prayers) how often we’re like the fig tree owner – more willing to write people off than give them ‘another chance’ – more ready to swing at the base of any trunk/person we don’t find to our liking and bring him/her crashing down to the ground by our negative thoughts, unkind comments, gossip, rather than give them ‘another chance’?

A wee prayer on this Tuesday in Holy Week
“God of us all, we give thanks for your constant presence in our lives.
May you encourage us to be gentle with ourselves and one another at all times in our words, our actions, our thoughts.
May we choose to place the ax aside and nurture the tree (our own/others) so the production of the fruit as noted in the fifth chapter of Galatians (“For the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, thoughtfulness, gentleness, self control”) can be manifest in this world.
May we remember that you continually give us ‘another chance’ and may we receive your encouragement to give others ‘another chance’. Amen.”