Week fifteen: The Power of the Passion

This is an unusual placement for this theme since Easter has passed for most of Western Christian tradition. However, it is yet to come for the Orthodox tradition. So here it is placed in the middle.

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 7
    • Noon: Psalm 59
    • Vespers: Psalm 107:23-38
    • Night: Psalm 126
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: John 18:1-14
    • Tuesday: John 18:15-27
    • Wednesday: John 18:28-19:16a
    • Thursday: John 19:16b-42
    • Friday: John 20:1-18
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

The passion is all about God’s love and about his desire to destroy the evil that has marred his good and beautiful creation. God’s love is complete in this sacrifice. He loves his creation to the very end.

Our tendency is to be selfish and prefer ourselves over others. Even seemingly selfless actions can be self-centered. Sometimes putting up with a wrong isn’t about forgiveness but about a self-centered desire to avoid the pain of confrontation.

In your journal conduct a “fearless moral inventory”. What one area do you find yourself pursuing your self-interest passionately? Once identified, ask “What is one thing I can do this week to put that selfishness to death? How can I replace it with unselfish action and thought?”

Each evening this week during prayer time review the day. Did the self-centered passion rear it’s head? How did you respond. Pray for God’s strength and mercy.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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