Prayer for April 17: Please pray with me. God who surprises us, be with Christians this week as we celebrate Holy Week. This is a most holy time of the year. And the reality is that the message that is proclaimed by Jesus is often unpleasant. It conflicts with our desires and wants. It conflicts with our culture and values. It conflicts with our policies and politics. Jesus way is not the way of this world, no matter how loudly we proclaim that we are a “Christian” nation. Let this Holy Week be a wake up call for us – open our ears to hear the Gospel anew. Open our hearts to receive the message and change us to be in alignment with it’s message. Amen.