Buy or Subscribe Today

Disciplines is available in a variety of formats: print, digital, and print/digital combo packages. A digital subscription includes access to author bios, the ability to comment, and audio lectio.

Sign Up Today

Christians find it hard to read today’s text without thinking
of Jesus’ final week on this earth. The disturbing picture of
affliction, anguish, and distress painted here so vividly by the
psalmist seems to act as a signpost to our Lord’s own experiences
of abuse and abandonment. The talk here...

“I am no longer my own, but thine. . . . I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.” (A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition; UMH, no. 607)


0 Comments
Log In to leave a comment
Lectionary Week
April 3–9, 2017
Scripture Overview

These texts raise questions about who truly welcomes Jesus and under what circumstances. Isaiah 50 recalls the hostility that inevitably follows servanthood. A moment of acceptance, even welcome, will not hide from the servant the fact of the rejection to come. Psalm 118 claims that the city and the victory and the “one who comes” all belong to God. Any victory declared by human beings is bound to vanish as quickly as the day itself. The Philippians hymn asserts Jesus’ own determination to be obedient even to death and God’s conse- quent exaltation of Jesus above all creation. Even in the Gospel accounts, Jesus’ entry is one of meekness and humility rather than of power and pride.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. How do you rejoice in “the day that the LORD has made”?
• Read Isaiah 50:4-9a. The writer notes that for Isaiah, suffer- ing does not signal divine indifference but plays a part in the world’s bigger story. When have you interpreted your suffering as part of a bigger story?
• Read Philippians 2:5-11. What earthly traits of Jesus’ are evident in your daily living? Do you see yourself living a countercultural lifestyle?
• Read Matthew 21:1-11. Where are you in the Palm Sunday story? How do you respond to Jesus as he enters?

Respond by posting a prayer.

Pockets cover

"It was my first year at my new school . . .

and I was making a ton of friends. There was one girl who always got picked on for her height. Nobody wanted to be her friend." Read more about Pockets.