What’s that in Latin?
For God so loved the World
that He Sent His Only Son!
The Lord has give me a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
These words we read from the Prophet Isaiah the Church applies to Jesus. He came to speak to us, the weary, the tired, the burdened–“a word that will rouse” us.
Sometimes words are not enough and we need deeds–ACTIONS! The Second Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians reveals the depths of love in the Heart of Jesus. We read:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God
As the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity
Did not regard equality with God something to be grasped at.
He did not hold onto His divinity as a miser does his gold!
Rather, He emptied himself,
Jesus lowered Himself; He became as we are.
Taking the form of a slave
Taking on our flesh and blood!
Coming in human likeness;
Becoming fully human yet fully divine!
And found human in appearance,
As the Son of Mary and the Son of God!
He humbled Himself,
He stooped down to us as it were.
Becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus did what love requires.
He died to show His love for us even to the point of execution on the Cross.
My mother used to tell me:
Actions speak louder than words! All we need do is look at what Jesus did!
He died so we might live!
Jesus taught: Greater love than this no one has that he lay down his life for his friends
and I call you friends.
Mark’s Gospel reveals in great detail the lengths Jesus’ love takes Him. His Passion and death are a Love Story! His love for us and His call to us to join our sufferings and our troubles with His own suffering, so that together we might change our world and draw others to His heart.
As we enter this Holiest Week of the year each night before we sleep or the first thing in the morning, let us read a few lines of the Love Story and listen in our hearts to His special words for us. If we listen we will hear just the words we need to grow and become the person His love calls us to be. Peace be with you!
Father, as we enter more deeply into the Mystery of your Son’s Passion and Death, help us as too experience His pain and suffering!
We believe in you. We trust in you! Lead us from our present sorrow to the full Joy of Easter.
May all who see us; see your Son living and loving in us! Amen.
I ask myself: What is the quality of my friendship with Jesus? How close are we?