Jesus laid down his life on the cross to save us from sin and death. We may experience different reactions to this greatest act of love. In this Third Week talk, David reflects on several of them. Given the suffering the world has seen these past few years, we may need to grieve before the cross. We could admire the way Jesus patiently suffered, always keeping his focus on others. We might imagine how those close to Jesus felt a spark of hope on Holy Saturday while waiting for the promised third day. No matter what our reaction is, David invites us to trust that God is leading our prayer.
Verse: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)
Spiritual Exercise: Third Week
Suggested Scripture: Luke 23:33-49, John 19:16-30
Questions for reflection:
- Is there anything in the world or in my life I need to grieve?
- Am I able, in the midst of my own struggles and suffering, to turn my attention to other people?
- Can I live with hope in the midst of my own sorrow?