Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lenten tears

When we come to face with the brutal mutilation Jesus was subjected to and the completely inhuman and unjust proceedings that ended up in crucifixion, we often are moved to tears. These tears are that of sympathy and a reaction to the magnitude of infliction Jesus underwent. Yet, sadly, we fail to recognize “His love for you and me” that prompted Jesus to carry though this extreme cruelty and complete this mission to save us.

Jesus said in Mathew 10: 8 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell”. Here Jesus is elevating our thoughts to a higher realm surpassing body and mind.

Jesus does not desire our sympathy. He said looking at the women of Jerusalem, who wept bitterly, as their eyes met with the disfigured Jesus who was dragging his steps to the peak of Calvary "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children”. 

Even in the thick of suffering, He directs our focus to that which He is going to accomplish on the cross. He  obtains not only “salvation” but throws open the for us the possibility of a spiritual union of unimaginable magnitude, with Him.

Let his love move us into tears. Let our focus be on Christ alone at all times, basking ourselves in His love. Let us plug ourselves into this mystical union of “Pure love”.

Jesus, be my spouse and my mentor.