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April 2020

Palm Sunday

April 5

Ways to worship during Holy Week when we can’t be together  Palm Sunday Readings: Isaiah 50:4–9a  Philippians 2:5–11 The Passion of Christ;  Matthew 26:14–27:end  On Palm Sunday we remember the Passion of Christ.  We take time to read through the story that is so familiar, yet – in the words of Tom Wright1, offers us ‘that which unmakes and remakes the world, ourselves included… the figure at the centre beckons, woos, disturbs, frightens and compels us.’  This year, one verse…

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Monday of Holy Week

April 6

Monday of Holy Week  Readings: Isaiah 42:1–9  Hebrews 9:11–15 Mary anoints Jesus; John 12:1–11  Our current situation, with many of us isolated and separated (for good reason of course), completely overturns the social norm. The usual encouragement to get out of our homes, to seek company, share concerns and joys, to find interesting hobbies and pursuits, has been reversed.This is exactly what Mary does in today’s gospel reading.  ‘Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed…

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Tuesday of Holy Week

April 7

Tuesday of Holy Week  Readings: Isaiah 49:1–7  1 Corinthians 1:18–31  Jesus speaks about his death;  John 12:20–36  I once had a conversation with a lady, a lifelong church goer, who attended church faithfully but admitted that she was still waiting to hear from God. She remained ever hopeful. In today’s reading, Jesus is speaking and revealing his fears, and explaining what is to come.  ‘“Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I…

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