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Weekly thought and prayer for Holy Week 2022

“A week is a long time in politics” is a phrase often quoted by journalists who observe the speed at which the political discourse can change. We have witnessed many such changes over the last few weeks as Partygate gave way to the war in Ukraine, which is now being superseded by the cost of living crisis as energy, food and taxes all rise.

A week is also a long time in the life and death (and life again!) of the Messiah. From the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the joyful crowd turned to calling “Crucify!” by Friday. All was ended. The disciples went into hiding. Their world had been turned upside down.

But what another change on Sunday morning as the women found the tomb was empty! Not just their world, but ours too – indeed the whole of history, was turned upside down.

Amidst the cost of living crisis, the war in Ukraine, and even in Partygate, Jesus calls us to join him into a new way of living; a new way of loving. Out of the depths of despair comes the resurrection hope.

A Prayer

Holy God,
You are here with us among our concerns for our world
– the cost of living crisis and the suffering it brings
– wars in Ukraine and elsewhere
– the crisis of truthfulness in Westminster
We thank you that you have already broken the chains of evil
through your glorious resurrection!
And that you share that resurrection hope with us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.