Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow

 Scripture for Prayer

Day 44 - Holy Thursday

God is Present: God is with you. Ask God to inspire your imagination.

Ask for what you desire. What gift, what grace do you want right now?

Read the passage through.

Identify with a character: Choose one of the people in the story and imagine the scene from their point of view.

Set the Scene: Fill in the details which the scripture leaves out to make the story real for you. Imagine the scenery, the weather, the people. Be aware of how you feel.

Luke 22:7- (NRSVA)

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!’ Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to Jesus about what has come up for you.
Imagine how he might reply.

A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father

 Today's Meditation

Sweet Clown

Sweet Clown
You blessed the cup,
Gave thanks to God,
And passed the cup
Among those
Who sat at table;
Each took the cup,
And raised it up
To catch your eye
And nervously they spoke
The customary greeting:
'Long life to you!'
They drank your health
In the blood you'd shed,
Whilst they shredded the bread
you had made your own,
And ate the life
you gave away

Patrick Purnell SJ

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