Thank you for what You did for me
Please help me never to despair like Judas. For I do so often, though. You longed for him to come back to You so that You could shower him with Your Mercy
Nothing I could do would ever be bigger than You. No sin or failing is beyond Your Fervent Reach. I am so prideful to think that anything would be
How that portrayal changed our hearts and reminded us of our focus and our mission on earth....to serve, rather than to be served.....to love rather than to be loved.....to understand, rather than to be understood.
"If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before you"
We realized (as we stopped the movie often to "catechize" the children as they watched this most beautiful, real, and truly excruciating representation) that our Lord was more powerful than all of the wickedness. He gave His life....it was NOT taken from Him. He could have stopped it at any time, but chose to suffer more than any man ever would or ever could. We know this to be true, but need to be re-reminded of this with certainty.
Jesus taught us how to serve His Father as He did. He could have said "Enough" at anytime, but He chose to lengthen His Most Holy Suffering beyond our understanding.
He again teaches us just how valuable suffering is....for our growth and for our journey to Him. We MUST die to ourselves in order to have true life (Him) in us! "Why do bad things happen to good people".....Why NOT?!?
I have never been a fan of that phrase.....but seeing that movie again and again re-reminds me that if my heart is full of worldly things (including my attachment to self) than there will be no room for Jesus....His Nativity proved again that the worldly "comfortable" inn had NO room. It was the humble and empty Stable where our Lord was able to Dwell.
We see a world full of those pleasing themselves with material things (not that material things are evil in themselves) but people are trying to replace TRUE happiness, by filling their lives (hearts) with those material things and finding no such amends. Look at those who, by worldly standards, have it all. They are unhappy and they most often become self-destructive as they continue in their disordered search for happiness.
Look at the simple and religious....look at the saints.....they were (are) truly happy and joyful because their happiness is in serving. They seek their true heart's delight, not by reaching inward gratifying themselves, but rather, by reaching outward, where they can fully live out the true mission that our Lord implanted in their heart. That is what we were created to do. We all have One Creator and He designed us to serve others, not to be served. Why do we still fall into the same lies over and over, when all of the proof needed is right in front of us?
Doing our Father's Will is our true calling and fulfilling it is the only key to our true happiness.
If total surrender to Your Father's Will is in fact, total and complete happiness, then You, Jesus on the Cross is the most blissful vision imaginable.
Thank You Jesus for all that You did for me. You thought about me as You were so Eminently Dying on the Most Holy Cross, for my sins. Though, I am unworthy, You still shower your little girl with Graces beyond my understanding.
"Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the Word and my soul shall be healed."