Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
Matthew 20: 17 – 19
Jesus foretells of his death and resurrection again. He tells it just to his disciples in this passage of what is to come. He wants to prepare them for what they will witness, and it is not an easy thing for them to hear, but he doesn’t end with death, he ends with the resurrection. He ends with hope. Even in these days when we see staggering numbers of deaths from COVID-19, we know that death does not have the last word.
Prayer: Gracious God, we are in a time of grieving as we grieve the loss of so much. Even in the midst of this time of sorrow and grief, you remind us that death, grief, suffering do not have the last word. Hope, resurrection, and love have the last word. Help us to hold on to this during this time, and even after this time. Amen.
Action: Do something that brings hope to you or to someone else.