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Who Do you Say that I am? ... Quotes from Holy Week

One could say that all of the celebrations of the liturgical year find their climax in Holy Week. Holy Week is the history of our salvation as human beings. It is the greatest love story of all time, and we are characters within the story.

All throughout the Gospels, people respond to Jesus in a variety of different ways. We could say that even today, people give a plethora of responses to Jesus. Some call Him "King" while others mock Him. Some call Him "Lord" while others betray Him. Sometimes even those who call Him "Lord" and "King" are also the ones who shout "Crucify Him!" 

After reflecting on the words of others, who do we say that Jesus is?


Sunday :

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:10)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (PS 22)

Monday:

“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?”
“Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial” (JN 12:5,7)

The Lord is my light and my salvation.  (PS 27)

Tuesday:

“Master, where are you going?” 
“Where I am going you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later”
“Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you”
“The cock will not crow before you deny me three times” (John 13: 36-38)

I will sing of your salvation. (PS 71)

Wednesday:

“One of you will betray me.”
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me.” 
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi” 
“You have said so.” (Mt. 26: 21-22, 25)

Lord, in your great love, answer me. (PS 69)

Thursday:

“Master are you going to wash my feet? You will never wash my feet.”
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” (John 13: 6,8)

Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ. (PS 116)

Friday:

“Behold, your king!”
“Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?”
“We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19: 14-15)

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (PS 31)

Saturday:

“Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee;  there you will see him, as he told you.’” (Mark 16: 6-7)

Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God. (PS 42)