Let nothing trouble you and let nothing frighten you. For everything passes but God will never change … God alone is enough.It is a comfort to know that Mary and Jesus both had to deal fear, heartbreak and horror on the path to resurrection. It is likely that Mary had heard Jesus foretell his destiny of dying and rising but the at the foot of the cross, she could only cry out with gut-wrenching pain as she saw her beloved suffer. Did she too rage at her circumstance? Even Jesus had to pour out His fear, begging his Father to “let this cup pass from me.” He needed emotional support from His disciples and found them asleep rather than lifting Him up in prayer. One betrayed Him with a kiss. Our Lord’s suffering was as much emotional as physical. The Messiah had to pass through the wall of his feelings to get to the other side. I am not alone — Jesus knows how I feel. He is there every step of the way even as my emotions deceive me into thinking I am alone. And He will remind me of the long view — suffering passes and resurrection is imminent. Lent always leads to Easter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_QovdnsRvI
Copyright 2019 Susan Bailey
About the Author
Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.