‘Mankind would perish if there was no evidence, anytime or anywhere of the divinity of man’ (Gandhi).
This week is ‘Holy Week’ – the week in which Jesus died and rose. He died because of sin. Oscar Romero once said, ‘Sin brought death to the Son of God and continues to bring death to the children of God’. There is much suffering in the world today, even perhaps in our own lives. Yet, it can be a consolation to know that Jesus suffered too..
Jesus showed us how to bear suffering but it is not suffering that saves but love. Jesus suffered because He loved. He wants love from us. Love can cause the greatest pain of all, heartbreak, but it can also cause the greatest joy.
‘Don’t cry for me,’ says Jesus. 'Cry for yourselves and your children –children who will inherit fears, prejudices and hates.’ Let us not then weep for Jesus. Rather let us follow the example of Peter, who wept for his own sins. Then perhaps we will be able to forgive others who sin against us.
Please remember in your prayers: those who have died recently, the homeless and socially isolated, the innocent who suffer in wars and conflict.