The Bible doesn’t say what the Lord did on the Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover.

Just a short time previously, Jesus had revealed to the disciples, and the world, that he had power over death by raising Lazarus from the grave. After seeing this incredible miracle, many people in Bethany believed that Jesus was the Son of God and put their faith in him. Also in Bethany just a few nights earlier, Lazarus’ sister Mary had lovingly anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume.

The Wednesday of Holy Week used to be called Spy Wednesday. It was a way of highlighting the role played by Judas. It could, and should, be a time for all of us to look within our own hearts and, with Judas in mind, to see what we discover there. This is a good time for reconciliation, for renewal of commitments, and for strengthening of hope. The only real sin a Christian can commit is to lose hope. There is nothing impossible with God and, in my darkest hour, it is a very special gift of God, to hold on to the hope that all is well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well