By Fr. Joe Christy Yesudass, MSC
Wednesday of Holy Week
Readings: Is 50:4-9a, Mt 26:14-25
They insulted me and spit in my face
The great French painter Henri Matisse died in 1954 at the age of 86. In the last years of his life, arthritis crippled and deformed his hands, making it painful for him to hold a paintbrush. Yet he continued to paint, placing a cloth between his fingers to keep the brush from slipping. One day someone asked him why he submitted his body to such suffering. Why did he continue to paint in the face of such great physical pain? Matisse replied, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” (From Mark Link).
The pain Jesus would submit to in his passion would pass, but the beauty of what he did would remain forever.
The reality of suffering is one of the most undeniable of facts. During Holy Week we are confronted with the suffering of Jesus. His suffering is unique and yet somehow provides healing for all those who suffer. The Servant suffers willingly, but the passage makes it clear that suffering is in pursuit and part of the messianic figure’s vocation-read with Christ’s passion, it is part of Jesus’ work of salvation for all people. When God wants to achieve some things, difficulties become the means to do so according to Fr. Jules Chevalier.
How are we able to transform our difficulties and sufferings for the greater Glory of God in our daily lives?