Is it difficult to contemplate on the Passion of Christ?

Why is it so difficult to contemplate Jesus on the Cross?

Have we ever been asked or felt compelled to stay by the bedside of a sick loved one? It is difficult! It could be our son, a cancer stricken wife, a Father and although we love sickthem with all of our hearts, it is difficult to share their suffering. Why? Because we don’t want them to suffer; because we rather be in their place; because they don’t deserve it. And yet, we sit by their side and struggle through it because we love them. A friend told me once that she found herself in that situation when a relative was diagnosed with cancer. She would bath this person, care for this person, cried and prayed with this person. Today, I am in shock when I hear from her own lips that those were some of the happiest times in her life. She was the closest she could have ever been to her sick relative…and the presence of God, she exclaims, was so real that it was almost palpable.

            What do we do when we hear Jesus asking us to remember His Passion? When you hear Jesus’ petitions in the diary of St. Faustina, a nun whom Jesus revealed many mysteries of His love for us, what do we do?

In one occasion, St. Faustina complained to the Lord that all her suffering were impeding her to prepare her mediation. The Lord told her that He himself would start giving her the points to meditate on. Each and every time, the points given by Jesus concerned His Sorrowful Passion. He would say “Consider My suffering before Pilate.” (Diary, #149)

Today Jesus said to me, “I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” (Diary, 186-187)

            Jesus is basically asking us for a higher level of intimacy. We have met Jesus and passioncrownofthornsfallen in love with Him. We give Him praises and we pray to Him. But now, your friend wishes that you spend time with Him during His Passion. I ask you – the reader – is Jesus asking you for a greater intimacy in your friendship with Him?

            For some, to contemplate on His passion is not an easy task. We hear comments regarding that it is too intense, too boring, too sad and sorrowful, or that they are reminded of some unjust death in their life. A lady may discuss how God could be so cruel to sacrifice His own Son and how that reminds her of the cruel death her own son experienced in a drunk-driving accident.

I think we are like children in the sense that we are always trying to probe our Father’s Love for us. Let’s see what we can do to make him stop loving us and in that way we would know for sure that he doesn’t love us. Let’s do drugs, let’s lie, let’s be impure…and surely, my father will stop loving me. In regards to God, it is almost as one day we sat down and thought what could be the most horrible thing we could do to him….oh I know, said someone, let’s take His only begotten Son and although He is pure and good, let’s crucify Him on a Cross. We’ll scourge Him first to death, humiliate Him, and then we would nail Him to a Cross. And there He would die; and then, we would see if the Father still loves us. We would see. That would put an ease every pathological problem we have and every wound we have ever gotten. But on the Cross, even on the Cross, Jesus still looks to the Father and say “forgive them for they do not know what they do.” And still, the Father God still looks down to us sinners and offers His son to death on the Cross.  God LOVES us unconditionally.

On the Cross, as we contemplate Jesus, we usually become aware of two things:Jesus_nailed_to_cross-793004

1)      Christ loves me as I am; in my imperfections and with all my faults, He loves me; He loves me.

2)      I feel that Christ is looking back at me saying “Is this how you pay me? Is this how you pay me the love I have for you?

Both of them are ok to feel. See, Love, in our broken world of sin, can only be one thing: forgiveness. Love from the Cross in our broken world can only be one, thing (I repeat myself again) and that is MERCY.

As we contemplate on Jesus on the Cross praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy, let’s also remember that we cannot produce feelings of remorse, sadness, or even joy. It is not in our power to produce these feelings. These feelings are gifts from God. What we need to do then is simply ask the Lord to give us compassion for Him; to give us the desire of sorrow; to give us understanding…and let the Lord of lords reveal Himself to us and reveal His mysteries to us.

Please let’s remember that it’s not in our power to produce these feelings. It’s a grace JesusBaptismthat we must ask for. That’s what contemplation is…it is not a moment of reflection; it is a moment where we ask for the graces we desire and God reveals Himself to us.

May God bless you always and remember to do at least one act of Mercy today and each day!

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