Destined to suffer grievously
'The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected … and to be put to death….’
I do not like this Lenten journey. I find it hard to face suffering and death. I like to live in a safe world where everyone is nice. But oh how small my world becomes when so many are suffering so greatly, often rejected precisely because of their suffering. Jesus weeps. God weeps. I am weeping too. My beloved has but a short time to live. I am sure of that now. Lord, help me see the depths of suffering as a small measure in comparison to the depths of love. Give me the courage to stay close to Jesus today, to feel his love, to share his hope in the Father – even when all seems hopeless. I open my hands. This is my prayer. I have no more words.
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