cmhilogomob

Lenten Reflection: A Compassionate Triduum

April 17, 2014
Jessica Stone

1267 Views

As we embark on these three holy days of Jesus’ betrayal, death & resurrection, we participate in God’s compassion in the most literal sense, “suffering with” Jesus and those who loved him.

Jesus Washes Disciples' Feet

Tonight, as we join Jesus and his disciples on the evening before his death, we note the tenderness with which Jesus washes our feet and the intimate generosity of that last supper. Help us, Lord, to treat each other tenderly and generously.

Later, in the garden, we stand in solidarity with all those “who wake, or watch, or weep this night”. We suffer with both the betrayed and the betrayer. Forgive us, Lord, of our betrayals, even as we forgive those who betray us.

Tomorrow, we mourn. As we experience the pain of parting, of absence, may we remember those for whom this is not a spiritual exercise but a lived reality. We pray for those experiencing grief and loss.

And finally, as we reach the astonishing joy of the resurrection, we remember that participating in God’s compassion means sharing not just pain, but also hope, because Christ’s resurrection is a promise that “more can be mended than we know1.

Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life: by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.
In your love and tenderness, remake us.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness: through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
In your love and tenderness, remake us.

Your warmth gives life to the dead: your touch makes sinners righteous.
In your love and tenderness, remake us.

In your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness: for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.
In your love and tenderness, remake us.

—St Anselm

1From Francis Spufford’s book, Unapologetic


Jessica Stone
Jessica Stone is the Ministry Coordinator for the Church's Ministry of Healing: Ireland.


sharecross
Egan House, St Michan’s Church,
Church Street, Dublin 7

T (01) 872 7876
E hello@ministryofhealing.ie

designed & developed
by Unthink

View Site Map
Today
Thursday November 23, 2017

Mailing List
Subscribe to our newsletter.
We can send by post or email.


Follow us on Facebook & Twitter

CONTRIBUTE
Latest Journal Entry
A time to remember

The change from autumn to winter is a time when the natural cycle of nature in this part of the […]

Latest Event
Wellspring

We are happy to let you know that our next Wellspring is taking place on Saturday, 25th November 2017 in […]