Friday, January 20, 2012
Passion Without Honor
Jesus must therefore make it clear beyond all doubt that the 'must' of suffering applies to his disciples no less than to himself. Just as Christ only in virtue of his suffering and rejection, so the disciple is a disciple only in so far as he shares his Lord's suffering and rejection and crucifixion. Discipleship means adherence to the person of Jesus, and therefore submission to the law of Christ which is the law of the cross..."
Day Three: Changed by the Suffering Servant
Christ suffered for us (cf. 1 Peter 2:21)
This day calls us to reflect on the suffering of Christ. Following Christ the Suffering Servant, Christians are called to solidarity with all who suffer. The closer we come to the cross of Christ the closer we come to one another.
How can our faith help us in our response to long-lasting suffering?
What areas of human suffering are unnoticed and belittled today?
How can Christians bear witness together to the power of the cross?