A reading for Thursday in Holy Week:
All is set.
Following his instructions,
we’ve rented a room,
arranged the purvey.
It’ll just be Jesus and us
a good lad’s night.
What a blast we had the last time we did as he told us
borrowing that donkey
parading into town
men women and children cheering us on.
It’s been a funny few days –
Crazy laughter on the Sunday
Temper tantrum on the Monday
Telling it how it is on the Tuesday
with exquisite ointment on the Wednesday
Don’t know what exactly he’s got planned for tonight
One thing we can say for sure
It will be different
With him it always is
We’re going to rest up
because this week’s gone like lightning.
Jesus has been like someone possessed
I’m sure that’s why he organised the room just for the lads
some down time before whatever campaign he’s got planned next
He needs to keep a low profile anyway
He’s upset a lot of folk this week
Bad enough parading into town like a king –
albeit a king on a donkey
but then to turn the tables in the temple – literally
and tell more of his hard hitting parables
and let himself be anointed semi-publicly
when he knows that the authorities
are watching and waiting
for the chance to do him down.
They have to bide their time
and choose their moment
so they don’t upset the people
though even they are turning.
The palm branch wavers
have already moved on
to the next big news story
And you know how crowds can be
when the mood turns ugly.
So we’re making the most of this lull,
gathering our strength
so that we can support him
through whatever happens.
Liz Crumlish Lent 2010