Redemptive Suffering

A Plea for Life in the Face of Death – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

A Plea for Life in the Face of Death – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Soon we will focus our attention on the Cross of Christ. On Good Friday we will go with him to Golgotha and watch, weep and pray. And we will give thanks. Today we are called by our reading to go with him to Gethsemane, the place where his yes embraced the Cross. Should we not watch and weep and pray here as well? And should we not give thanks? After all it is here that his “yes” to death guaranteed our “yes” to life. “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”(II Corinthians 9:15)

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Embracing the Cross – Gospel for the Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time

Embracing the Cross – Gospel for the Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time

…Peter out of love wants Jesus to avoid the cross; Jesus out of love calls Peter to follow him to the cross:

“There are times when fond love seeks to deflect us from the perils of the path of God; but the real love is not the love which holds the knight at home, but the love that sends him out to obey the commandments of the chivalry which is given, not to make life easy, but to make life great” (Barclay 149)

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