One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 27, 2020


"With revilement and torture let us put Him to the test that we may have proof of His gentleness and try His patience. Let us condemn Him to a shameful death." —Wisdom 2:19-20
"At this they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a finger on Him because His hour had not yet come." —John 7:30

Jesus suffered for love of us not only during His long hours on the cross but also in His three years of public ministry. Even early in Jesus' ministry, there were attempts to kill Him (see Lk 4:29-30). This continued throughout His ministry with even greater intensity (see Jn 7:1, 30; 8:59). Although some people accepted Jesus at least temporarily, for the most part Jesus was the Keystone of the structure Who was rejected by the builders (Mt 21:42; Ps 118:22). Incredibly, Jesus was accused of being in league with the devil (Mk 3:22). Even His relatives thought He was crazy (Mk 3:21). Peter, the leader of Jesus' apostles, denied Jesus three times. Judas betrayed Jesus by selling Him for thirty pieces of silver. Furthermore, Jesus, Who is God and therefore lives outside of time, was rejected and brutalized by the sins of each one of us.

Jesus suffered more than anyone has ever suffered. It is impossible for any creature to conceive of the magnitude of His suffering. Jesus loves more than anyone has ever loved. He is literally Love Himself (see 1 Jn 4:16). As we have personally caused His sufferings, may we take personally His crucified love. Give yourself totally to Jesus and worship Him forever.

PRAYER: Father, send the Holy Spirit to lead me more deeply into the mystery of Christ's sufferings.
PROMISE: "They knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls' reward." —Wis 2:22
PRAISE: Bill fasted two days each week on bread and water, and now has both more energy and more joy than before.

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Reprinted with permission from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include:

· One Bread, One Body
· Daily Bread Radio Program
· Annual Bible Institute
· Discipleship Retreats
· Guadalupe Bible College