Thursday, 9 April 2020 Luke 22:1-46
“Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” -Luke 22:27
The Way of the Cross is a well-known phrase to the Christian world signifying the journey of Jesus to the Cross. There are many practices in Christendom during the Passion Week to imitate this journey by way of performance or in litanies, which many feel, bring them some kind of penance; atonement, etc. But this is a far outcry from the real meaning of the way of the cross!
Today’s reading brings to light quite a few of those incidents before the Crucifixion:
The Last Supper with His disciples where He gave them the New Covenant in His blood (Luke 22:14-23)
A Lesson on Greatness (Luke 22:24-30)
Peter warned of his denial yet the Lord’s intercession for him (Luke 22:31-34)
Readying for His arrest (Luke 22:35-38)
Agonizing in prayer in the Garden (Luke 22:39-44)
A Rebuke to the disciples on watchfulness and prayer (Luke 22:45-46)
Our meditation today will centre on ‘The Servant- King’- Christ Himself who taught the bickering disciples the value of serving. For He said, ‘Yet I am among you as the One who serves.'
How did Jesus portray Himself before us as the One who serves? What are the qualities of a servant He depicted?