This is one mystic’s meditation on the Passion of Jesus.
Holy Thursday takes us back to the Hebrews oppressed in Egypt. How could they be free? God’s answer prefigures something mysterious: Jesus’ sacrifice. It is the realistic, effective solution to the oppression of evil. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass makes this present for us today.
Jesus is citing Psalm 22 from the Cross. This Psalm shows the extreme trial of feeling abandoned by God. We also may experience that. But this Psalm, from the agony of abandonment, leads us with Jesus to trust and hope.
In our life, there are many losses, many “deaths”. They are especially hard because we can’t see the big picture. Jesus reveals the big picture: Our Father’s eternal plans for us and the power of abandonment.
“…He who does not believe is condemned already.” (John 3:18) These words of Jesus are shocking in our society of so many different beliefs. How can we understand them?
Jesus, with righteous anger, cleanses the Temple, protesting the corruption of the Sacred Institutions of His people. We are facing much corruption today, including in the Church. What lessons can we learn from Jesus about how to fight this effectively?
We all want to have a fruitful life, and God has created each of us to bear abundant fruit. How can we cooperate with Him to ensure we bear the fruit God has planned? The example of Abraham teaches us key points.
Only after the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta did we learn of the inner “desert” she was living, devoid of consolation, struggling against doubts and darkness. She was sharing the Passion of Jesus and the temptations many experience today. Her example can help us when we too encounter this dark desert.
In the Book of Job, Job is screaming out his pain and confusion: how can God permit this? It leads us into the unfathomable mystery of God’s loving Providence and human suffering.
The new Christians of Corinth were asking St. Paul about virginity and marriage. He reveals the new way of living these, living our whole life for the Lord, for an eternal happiness.