As we journey with Christ through his Passion and Crucifixion it is worth bearing in mind some of the little things we as human beings are drawn to but that are contrary to God’s desire for our lives.
The intolerable pain and suffering taken on by Jesus as he was abused, spat upon, mocked, and beaten is something we must all think about over these next few days. Having large nails driven into your hands and feet and being attached to a cross is something we simply can’t imagine.
Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion was not some kind of crazy act designed to impress. It was essential. It was needed in order to reconcile each and every human being to God. Each and every sin against God is represented by a drop of blood shed by Christ or by a nail driven into his bones. Yet was it really worth it? Do we really appreciate the freedom Christ gave us when he undertook this most loving, selfless act?
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I could hate.
Jesus didn't suffer so that I could be violent or persecute.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I could hold grudges.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I could gossip, complain or criticise.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I could lie and be unfaithful.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I would forget about him and never talk to him in prayer.
Jesus didn’t suffer so that I would rather do something else than spend time with him at Holy Mass and the Sacraments.
Jesus didn’t suffer for a select few. He suffered for me.