"But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed."
Today we walk the long journey to Calvary with Jesus. His journey is indeed our journey and our journey, his. Along our journey we may feel condemned, persecuted. We may fall, several times along the way, just as Jesus fell beneath the weight of his cross. We may also feel the crushing weight of our crosses on our shoulders and at times we may feel too weak to continue. But that may be when we are helped along the way by seeing friends, family, even strangers who may step in and help us, just as Simon helped Jesus carry his cross. We continue to walk with Jesus and we may fall again, this is getting so hard! We may feel lonely at times, and at others, we may feel the press of a crowd; others either supporting us or not. Their presence may help or hinder, but there they are. We accompany Jesus to the top of the hill and we watch as the sky turns dark and quiet. Everything quiet but the sound of the nails. Then the last cries of One who tried so hard, loved so fully and never wavered from his mission. It is finished. But not really. Love, heidi
Thursday, April 17, 2014
"And let us think that this sign (Jesus washing the feet of the disciples) is a caress of Jesus, which Jesus gives, because this is the real reason why Jesus came: to serve, to help us."
Pope Francis at the Prison for Minors in Rome, Holy Thursday, 2013
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
"Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, 'Surely it is not I, Rabbi?' (Jesus) answered, 'You have said so.'"
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"'Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.'"
Sunday, April 13, 2014
“We would do well to ask just one question: who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, who enters into Jerusalem in celebration? Am I able to express my joy, to praise Him? Or do I keep distant? Who am I, before Jesus Who suffers?”
Pope Francis, during his Palm Sunday homily (link below)
Jesus, I want to share your journey and maybe comfort you just a tiny bit. Please help me to stay awake, to be with you every step of the way. Please don't let me get distracted by the trivia of this world this week. I want to only walk with you on this difficult journey. Amen. Love, heidi