Shared mass this morning after the men's group... so great to see so many men attending This Man is You. Driving home with rosary in hand - the Sorrowful mysteries today... the first sorrowful mystery is The Agony in the Garden brought thoughts of Jesus knowing he was to suffer excruciating pain and foremost bear all our sins - the spotless Lamb sacrificed for the sins of the world! The worst pain I have ever had, other than childbirth, is my knee and hip replacement. The first few weeks are so hard and filled with pain both physical and mental. After experiencing both I would totally dread the thought of doing the other side. I would agonize about it! I must say that the pain of childbirth never caused me to not want the next child with all my soul, heart and soul! I have heard this saying, have you? "If I were the only person in the world, Jesus would have died for me." Jesus sweated blood in agony as he approached his total sacrifice, yet he embraced the Cross and brought LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT into the world!
The Sorrowful mysteries walk with me this day of prayer... reminding me of how the suffering of pain has brought JOY and healing to me. The pains of childbirth are forgotten as soon as that new life is in my arms. The pains of replacing my damaged and worn out joints leads to healing and no more pain after 6 months of work and healing! Yes, there is much in life that is agonizing pain whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, but if we realize that Jesus is in control and we need to give all over to him... then we can receive the grace to suffer and find the gifts that come from accepting and embracing our Most Cherished Cross to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
Jesus, there is a pain that you addressed in the Gospel today which lies in the heart- emotional and spiritual pain that we hold onto called anger/hatred towards our brother! May we forgive one another and let go of the anger and resentment and hatred for others - most especially those the closest to us in domestic Church/family. Why is it that the ones we are to love the most we treat the worst? May we recall the Mercy we have been shown and return that without counting the cost to those we encounter this day. I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word. My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels for the dawn... If you, O Lord, mark iniquities , who can stand? Psalm 130 from mass today. May I recall all my selfishness and humbly turn to you this day and always. Jesus, we trust in you. Amen
Lord, you are in control in the storms of life!
A few days ago, but so true! This describes Hallel and The Community of the Lamb and how they chew the Gospel starting the night before!