Yesterday was the final gathering of participants in the Lent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering this year at UST Law School on the theme In the Desert with Jesus. (UST is on spring break next week, so there will be no session during Holy Week.)
During the past week, the participants walked with Jesus on his final steps toward Jerusalem – looking at what happened to him and his followers in the weeks leading up to the entry into Jerusalem. They prayed with several episodes from that period, including the Cleansing of the Temple, The Raising of Lazarus, and the Anointing at Bethany.
After sharing the fruits of their prayer experience of the past week, I gave a reflection on the theme of the final week of prayer: Following Jesus from Arrest to Death. I began by talking a little about Peter’s denial of Jesus, an episode that is a fruitful one for us to pray with. I then talked about the reasons it is importnat for us to pray with Jesus in his passion, finally speaking a little about the remainder of the prayer material for the retreat.