We all know that Jesus is good to us, but sometimes we don’t seem to believe it. This is especially true when we face suffering, trials, challenges, and tests. God is someone who does the right thing for us, but sometimes it hurts. It seems at times that the more I give myself to the Lord, the more suffering I can expect.
Yet there is a great difference between seeing God as one who sends suffering, and seeing Jesus as a close friend who wants to walk with me through every rough spot I may face. That’s what happens when I give myself to him. His sacrifice on the cross was more than a symbol of love or an example of extreme goodness. It’s the very power and wisdom of God (1Cor.1:24).
That’s the good news in today’s Gospel. Jesus Christ has taken away the sins of the world. He promised that when we lift him up on the cross, we’ll see how far he went in order to save us. So today take time to fix your eyes on the crucifix. Let his love ease all your suffering and pain. Let that love bring you from death into life.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug