To Walk With the Suffering of Christ

To Walk With the Suffering of Christ

 

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Monastery Sveti Jovan Bigorski in the Republic of Macedonia

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Today’s gospel is a clear reminder that the heart and soul of the wisdom of Jesus is found in this story of his passion and death.

 

Since his suffering came from his unselfish loving, it follows that we must try to discern the causes of our own suffering. Not all suffering comes from loving. Indeed, it is far more likely to come from frustration or disappointment because we cannot have everything we want.

 

{..} To walk with the suffering Christ is to feel the pain that inevitably accompanies the kind of love that sacrifices for the sake of others.

 

—Demetrius R Dumm, OSB

 

 

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest

 

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10 Comments

  1. Karin
    Mar 24, 2013

    Caroline,
    This quote repeats what I have been reading in Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Fr. Gaitley summarizes St Ignatius’ Rules for Discerning Spirits. When we experience lows or even suffering, it can come from any number of places either of ourselves, the Enemy or even God if He is trying to allow us to grow in virtue. I agree with Demitrius when he says the same about suffering~many times we are our own worst enemy and our suffering is born of our own emotions. That being said, we can still offer it to God and unite it with Jesus’ suffering so that it brings about some good for us or others :)
    Have a blessed Holy Week.

    • Caroline
      Mar 24, 2013

      Karin, I’ve had that book on my list for a while..it sounds like it might be a good time to read it.
      My spiritual director uses Ignatius’ Rules for Discerning Spirits and over the years it has really helped me with the highs and lows in my spiritual life.
      I know for a fact I’m my own worst enemy… : (
      but I had a pastor tell me once:
      “You’re not what ought to be, but you are not what you used to be ..”
      Thank goodness and Amen LOL
      And now I can do as you say..offer it up to unite with the sufferings of Jesus.
      So glad you stopped by.
      Blessings for a beautiful Holy Week +

  2. Patricia
    Mar 26, 2013

    “we must try to discern the cause of our own suffering.” That is definitely something to meditate upon. There are so many answers to that question for me. I’d rather think of Jesus, Who suffered out of Pure Love. Most of my suffering is caused by all my faults and weaknesses. But He had none…and we caused all of His Suffering.

    I’m sad at the moment because I just watched something on the news about that horrible professor who made his students write JESUS on a sheet of paper and then throw it on the ground and stomp on it. What next? When will this stop? It’s heartbreaking!

    Jesus, we love You, and we adore and praise Your Holy Name…that Name above all names, and with radiant joy, we bend our knees at the sound of Your glorious Name! Forever will we praise YOU!

    • Caroline
      Mar 26, 2013

      Patricia, I heard about that professor, too. He’s at a University in South Fla I think. I don’t know when it will stop..Everyday there seems to be a story that goes one step farther than the last.
      I’m trying to stay focused this week, so that I can offer Him adoration, praise and thanks, keeping Him company in the suffering He offered up for me.

      I’m so grateful to know you, Joyce and all the others whom I know are keeping Him company,too.

      Love and Blessings in this Holy Week…xxoo +

  3. Joyce
    Mar 26, 2013

    Some day, by the grace of God and not because of any merit of my own, I may meet Him face to face and then He will tell me exactly what it is He wanted of me. Looking back at decisions I made or things I did thinking they were directed to me by God, I realize I really have no clue. It also occurs to me that what I thought was suffering that God wanted for me was really just another example of me playing the martyr for my own gratification. Thank God He doesn’t love us the way we love others or there would be no hope for me. Another excellent commentary, thanks Caroline and many blessings during this solemn Holy Week. Joyce

    • Caroline
      Mar 26, 2013

      Joyce, I too pray I get to meet Him face to face one day..and I know I’ll be on my face thanking Him that I don’t have to stand on my merits. I’ll be holding the cloak of Jesus, like the woman with the issue of blood..hanging on for dear life.

      I am so grateful He doesn’t love the way I love…
      Love and Prayers for a very Blessed Holy Week +

  4. Victor S E Moubarak
    Mar 27, 2013

    What a lovely passage to quote here. Thank you. It is very thought-provoking. “What is the cause of our own suffering?”

    God bless.

    • Caroline
      Mar 27, 2013

      Victor, It’s definitely one of those questions that gets you thinking..and I know it’s done that for me..I’ll still be examining it after Easter!
      Blessings always +

  5. Trish
    Mar 27, 2013

    Caroline, I am also my own worst enemy!
    The Lord reveals this to me more and more.
    I find myself empty..weak..and double-minded.

    So would I have “walked with the suffering Christ” to Calvary?
    Or would I have withdrawn like so many of His close friends did on that awful day?
    Yes, I would have walked..but in which direction?!
    And which Way do I go today?
    The Way of sacrificial self-giving..or stingy “self-protection”?
    Your post is forcing me to reflect deeply.
    Thank you, my friend.

    • Caroline
      Mar 27, 2013

      Trish, It’s been a very revealing question for me, too…And I find during Holy Week, the very responses in myself that show my double-mindedness.
      I know the abbot always taught us that there’s no progress in the spiritual life without really knowing yourself..Every Lent reveals it and gives me greater appreciation for the exchange He made for me on the cross of Calvary.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and stopping by…
      Blessings always and +

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