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Good Friday

April 24, 2011

NECESSARY SUFFERING

St. Paul tells us that Jesus is the one who can sympathize with our weakness, but one who was perfected precisely because of that weakness.  His obedience, his willingness to give up control made him perfect.

It is for this reason that we have a crucifix in the center of every Catholic Church.  Not just a cross, but a crucifix.  Do you know the difference?

Because the crucifix reminds us that we cannot keep our ego and the Gospel alive in our hearts at the same time.  This is the earliest form of psychology and long before Jung, Piaget or Erickson – there was God who reminded us that the only way to really embrace life is to let go of our concept of it so that we can receive something much greater.

It is the necessary suffering that we all need.  And not suffering in the limited sense that we normally think about, but suffering in a bigger sense, which is simply anytime we don’t get our way.

Today we are reminded that most of what believe to be so necessary for our life, is not.  We have to give up our control and give ourselves over to a deeper reality.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Good Friday: (Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42)

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One comment

  1. The words you offer in this homily touch me where I want to live:from the deeper reality beyond the limits of my ego, socialization, culture, identity, personality. I pray to live life informed by our Triune God rather than all the ways I shape my life through “I want”. Jesus show me your way.



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