And [Jesus] sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” Mark 14:13-15
Wednesday of the week we call Holy, the day to make final preparations, the day when the people of God make themselves ready for the service of Triduum, the Three Days. How do we prepare? What things are left undone? We have waved the palms; greeted our King and welcomed Christ into our midst. We have heard the words of his Passion. Many preparing for baptism have studied at the feet of their shepherd. The significance of the Sacrament of the Altar has been made known to those who will receive it for the first time. What is left to prepare?
The Three Days serve as our opportunity to once again enter into the mysteries of faith and be strengthened by the power of Christ victory. Through them we ask God to again mold our minds to be the mind of Christ. We ask that God make us free from the stain of sin. That he feeds us the bread of life and nourishes us so that we might live as Jesus lived; loving God and neighbor, welcoming the strangers within our midst; serving the needs of others and remaining faithful to God’s desires for his people.
Today is a day of preparation. It is a day for the people of God to hear and follow the Word of God. It is the advent of the Triduum; the holiest days. People of God, prepare yourselves. Read the scriptures. Give thanks for God’s presence in your life. Ask that God lead you in spirit to worship throughout this time that you too may enter into the mysteries of faith and experience anew the saving power of Jesus’ victory upon the cross and witness the glory of his resurrection.
Holy God, Prepare us for these Three Days. Grace us with your presence. Gather us for worship that we may hear your Word and receive your grace. Send us as witnesses so others may know the power of your love through Christ our Lord. Amen.