WORD of the DAY
It was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. (Hebrews 2: 5: 12 )
This passage offers us an insight into the humanity of Jesus and also the meaning for suffering. Perhaps, it may be more of the heart’s intuition that of logic but it is part of the divine logic. We know that all exists through God’s willing and sustaining love. Jesus is God who came to earth to be one of us. His life started in the poverty of a cave and ended on a Cross. In between, He made Himself subject to all we experience, except sin. A great part of our experience is precisely suffering and so Jesus entered into that as well, not just superficially but deeply.
Why did He suffer? Out of love for us! Astonishing that we could be so loved and yet we are, just as we are. If Christ chose to suffer with us, then suffering has value, has meaning, otherwise He would not have chosen it. Through His suffering, He redeems us, compassionates us, heals us. Through our suffering, we become with Him, the bearers of redemption, of compassion, of healing.
The Saints show us this aspect of human life by their joy in suffering, not for its own sake but the love of Jesus and of their sisters and brothers.
Dear Jesus, teach us the value of suffering, let it make us perfect, as gold is refined in the fire, that we may work with you for the salvation of the world, for the coming of Your Kingdom.
The Voice of the Alleluia Verse
Receive the Word of God, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the Word of God.