“Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will even pray thee,
Think on thy pity and they love unswerving,
Not my deserving.
This is the final stanza of the hymn “Ah, Holy Jesus” written in 1630 by the Lutheran minister Johann Hermann and published in our Methodist Hymnal as #289. The English translation is by British poet laureate Robert Bridges and is based on Matthews 26: 59-68.
As we enter Holy Week we reflect on the times when we have rejected Jesus by our thoughts of hatred, prejudice, jealousy, and disregard others in need; we reflect on our actions which have not reflected our Christian values. These sins we do not need to carry with us forever because through His passion and death Jesus made the sufficient sacrifice that we are forgiven of our transgression. We need to make conscious efforts to follow His examples, teachings and principles that through faith leads us to life everlasting. This week let us understand that we are not perfect humans and our faults are many, but in His love there is compassion and forgiveness.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Dr. Arland Compton