April 1 Make Me See Your Passion

Image by Robert Rognlien III

Image by Robert Rognlien III

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20;  Luke 9:28-50;  Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 12:10

“While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Listen carefully to what I am going to tell you:  The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.”  But they did not understand what this meant.  It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him.”

Luke 9:43-45

This week is the Passion week of our Lord.  It began with the remembrance of His entrance into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey.  It includes Jesus’ teaching in the temple to enthralled crowds of eager listeners.  It will highlight Jesus last meal with His disciples, the prayers in the garden and finally the arrest, trial and crucifixion.  Year after year we remember, yet do we really understand the depths of His woe?

Jesus I will ponder now

On your holy Passion;

With your Spirit me endow

For such meditation,

Grant that I in love and faith

May the image cherish

Of your suffering, pain, and death

That I may not perish.

* * * * *

Make me see your great distress,

Anguish and affliction,

Bonds and stripes and wretchedness

And your crucifixion;

Make me see how scourge and rod,

Spear and nails did wound you;

How you died for those, O God,

Who with thorns had crowned you.

* * * * *

Yet, O Lord, not thus alone

Make me see your Passion;

But its cause to me make known

And its termination.

For I also and my sin

Brought your deep affliction;

This the shameful cause has been

Of your crucifixion.

* * * * *

Grant that I your Passion view

With repentant grieving,

Let me not bring shame to you

By unholy living.

How could I refuse to shun

Every sinful pleasure

Since for me God’s only Son

Suffered without measure?

* * * * *

If my sins give me alarm

And my conscience grieve me,

Let your cross my fear disarm,

Peace and pardon give me.

Grant that I may trust in you

And your holy Passion;

If his Son forgives anew,

God must have compassion.

* * * * *

Jesus, Lord, my heart renew,

Let me bear my crosses,

Learning humbleness from you,

Peace despite my losses.

May I give you love for love!

Hear me, O my Savior,

That I may in heaven above

Sing your praise forever!

Open my eyes and my heart, O Lord, to all Your Holy Passion.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

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