Living the Love of Jesus
"The language of the Cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God's power to save." (1 Cor 1:18)
"Not only that, but I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him. I am no longer trying for perfection by my own efforts, the perfection that comes from the Law, but I want only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God and based on faith. All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his suffering by reproducing the pattern of his death. That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of the dead." (Phil 3:8-11)
We are all members of the same body with Christ as its head. There is no sharing in his resurrection unless we share in the crucifixion and death. If our life is to be buried in God with Christ, then we must participate in every action of Christ's life because the mysteries of his life are dynamic and not static. Christ died for all and his death was sufficient for the redemption of all. He does not need our consolation; rather he consoles us the same way as he consoled the daughters of Jerusalem on the way to Calvary. But we have to participate in his suffering and death if we are going to allow his love to be effective in our lives. In our bodies we make up for the things that are lacking in the suffering of Christ. The only thing that is lacking is our participation without which we cannot receive the healing and saving love which he won for us. We have to say yes to his work within us. That yes means to live in his life and living his life means a share in his suffering. Our yes must be to wanting "only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God and based on faith." Our yes must be wanting "to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his suffering by reproducing the pattern of his death."
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the love of your Heart which allows us to see all things in relation to our Father in Heaven. We thank you for demonstrating to us the wisdom of the Cross, the wisdom that teaches us love and brings us closer to you through the suffering that would otherwise be meaningless. We praise you for accepting the loss of everything that we might possess all through the loving kindness of your heart. We praise you for showing the love that enables us to reach for perfection through faith in the mystery of the cross. We thank you for making us strong in your weakness and for teaching us to reproduce your total life in us: suffering and glory. We will proclaim your cross, not in foolishness, but as the wisdom and power of God, as love for all our brothers.