Friday 5th Week of Lent
Whenever Jesus experienced opposition and insult in his public ministry he never responded in kind. Let us resolve to follow his example and express sorrow for the times we returned with an insult.
When we are persecuted for our faith or doubts fill our minds, how good it is to return to that place where we first knew that God loved us – personally.
The drama leading up to Good Friday is intensifying.
“You, a man, are making yourself God”.
Jesus doesn’t deny it.
He attempts to show his opponents that he is God’s Son.
He appeals to his good works,
works of compassion and healing
that only God could do.
They won’t listen. They won’t believe.
So Jesus retreats.
He crosses the Jordan and goes to the place
where he first heard those words of his Father,
”You are my Son, My Beloved.”
St. John tells us, “He remained there.”
He wasn’t speaking of the locality of his baptism,
but he remained in the place of his heart
where his Father loved him.
He stayed there throughout his Passion.
Have you ever experienced rejection from someone close to you because of your faith in Jesus?
Or have you had serious doubt
about your faith in Jesus or the Church?
In times like these, it is good for all of us to retreat
back to the place when we first knew
that God loved us – personally.
That is what we do every day in the Holy Mass.
We remember we are never alone;
that Jesus is with us.
We listen to his Word,
we eat and drink the Gift of our Father
as Jesus offers himself as a victim on the cross.
So when our faith and love for God is tested
through rejection or doubt, retreat for a time.
Let us cross the Jordan,
and go back to that sacred, tender moment
in our heart
where we experienced the Most High dwelling.
Here we will draw strength.
Here we can renew our conviction
that we are indeed God’s sons, God’s daughters
in whom he is well pleased.