Mrs. Ryan’s 8th Grade Youth Ministry Class
As his friend, accompany Jesus through this week that leads to his death.
Palm Sunday: Palm branches are a symbol of peace and victory and the people waved them and threw them on the ground as Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey. The donkey represents the humble arrival of a person coming in peace. How do you praise God?
Holy Monday: The woman anoints Jesus with perfumed oil. It is an act of love and kindness toward Jesus. It is her oil and she gives it all to Jesus. Those with Jesus are indignant and judgmental of her actions and even of Jesus. They comment on how Jesus, a prophet, would allow this woman (a sinner) to touch him, and they see the use of the expensive oil as wasteful. They believe the oil should have been sold and the money spent on the poor. Jesus defends this woman, telling the others to leave her alone for she has done a beautiful thing. Are you generous in your love and kindness toward others?
Holy Tuesday: Jesus tells his disciples of his death and resurrection. He will suffer, die, and be raised up on the third day. Do you believe in the promise of eternal life through Jesus?
Holy Wednesday: Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. He looks for the opportunity to turn Jesus over to the Chief Priests. Do you serve God or your own desires?
Holy Thursday: Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with the disciples, but this meal reveals a New Covenant. The bread, blessed and offered in thanksgiving to the Father, is his body given up for us. The wine, blessed and offered in thanksgiving to the Father, is the cup of his blood poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus asks us to do this in remembrance of him. This is the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This New Covenant will be established through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. Those who believe in Him are saved from sin and death. Another important lesson Jesus teaches us at the last supper is the washing of his disciples feet. This action is one of humility, love, and service to others. Jesus is calling all of us to do the same. It is our loving service to others that brings Glory to Our Father in Heaven. Do you believe in the real presence of God the Son and our union with Him in the Sacrament of Holy Communion? Do you use the grace received from God to humbly serve the needs of others with the talents or gifts God has given you?
Good Friday: The passion and death of Jesus. Jesus teaches us to bear wrongs patiently, be forgiving, merciful, and obedient to the Father’s will. Jesus’ actions show the depth of God the Father’s love for us. Do you trust in God, and are you obedient to God’s will?
Holy Saturday: Silent waiting as Jesus lay in the tomb. Does the thought of being separated from God, leave your heart empty, aching and longing for reunion with Him? Do you celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) to receive God’s grace of forgiveness and mercy?
Easter Sunday: JOY IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS! Salvation from sin and death with eternal life through, with and in Jesus. John 3: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Are you ready to renew your Baptismal Promises as an act of faith, hope, and love?
Mrs. Ryan, Nathan Oestreich, Christian Karlin, Grace Olszewski, Summer Salettel, Alec Tennessen, Aleaya Neu, Maya Maron, Mallory Firari, and Megan Bartlett wish you a joyful and blessed EASTER!