During any reading of the Passion, there are two things that touch my heart. Yesterday, was no different.
First, I always cringe when we are “the Crowd” and I have to read the part that says “Crucify Him.” Second, I am always struck by the utter desolation that is in the cry of Jesus. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
About the first: my sins crucified my Lord. And that is part of the reason that I cringe. I might not have been there, on the scene, but I was there. When His arms were stretched out, He saw me and He saw every sin I would ever commit. Yes, He died for me. Personally.
About the second: Life is a spiritual roller coaster. We are either in a period of Consolation or in a period of Desolation or somewhere in between at any given point of our lives. The periods of Consolation are awesome and a time of great spiritual joy. The periods of Desolation are dry and sterile. Sometimes when I am there, I don’t think I will ever experience great spiritual joy again. Then I remember Jesus on the Cross. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” And, that gives me strength to begin the ascent again, up the hill of the roller coaster, to a period of Consolation.
I am going to be making my weekend Ignatius Retreat: Consoling the Heart of Jesus beginning on Thursday evening. & I will not be back on here again until Easter Monday.
I hope this Holy Week is a time of great consolation to you. That’s my plan for me.