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Individual Scripture Meditation Guide : Mar 25



Each day, find a quiet place, take five deep breaths, and invite the Spirit to be your guide. Read the passage slowly, out loud if possible. Engage it through the lens of the day, taking notes if helpful. To close, always return to deep breathing and rest for a few quiet minutes in God’s all-loving presence.

March 18 - 24 | Expectations

John 19:16b-22

16Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; 17and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”


Practice Lectio Divina:
After reading the passage, notice and reflect on what stands out to you. (What does it bring up for you? What might the Spirit want to talk about with you?) Respond truthfully, perhaps with a question, gratitude, or resolution.

Meditate on Jesus in this scene:
Get curious about this passage’s setting, people, power dynamics, threats, and dedication, and about Jesus‘ inner and outer posture through it.

Explore How Love is under this Pressure Today:
Contemplate thispressure as it surfaces in the national or global news, in work or institutions, in relationships or families.

Identify with this pressure in your life:
Where have you experienced this? What does it feel like? What happens to you under this pressure? How might Love lead you through it?

Cultivate compassion and action:
What person or people do you know who are under this pressure? How might you support them with prayers or resolve to act?

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