Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Afraid to Die?



Sometimes, despite the knowledge that Christ has died for us, and thus taken away all of our need to fear death, we still revert back to our human nature tendency and fear death.  A lot.

      We have a God who suffered every type of pain possible for us.  He suffered body, soul and spirit.  For example:

     Body:  Christ (very obviously) suffered the physical pain for the Cross.  The way Christ heals us of all of our wounds is b suffering physically and bearing that pain for us.

     Soul:  Christ felt betrayed by His friends, close Apostles and most everyone who said that they loved and believed in Him.  He even felt the pain of temptation (which we read about this weekend in the Gospel, if you remember) and He suffered internal conflict, too.

     Spirit:  Here is where it gets ironic and mind-boggling.  Christ, the son of God, and God Himself, knew the pain of feeling like God doesn't care and doesn't see what we are going through.  He calls out from the cross: "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"  This is a call of utter desperation  "Dear God!  Why do you say that you love me and then toss me out when I need you the most?  Where are you?  This hurts, why don't you care?"

  
Yet when God is beat down the most, that is when He is winning.  We were not redeemed and saved when Christ rose from the dead.  We were saved and redeemed the moment that Christ died, taking on all suffering that a human being could ever suffer.  


     We worship what the world sees as a failure.  A loser.  A person who could talk the talk but eventually ends up dying on a cross, stripped not only of His clothes, but of His very skin.

     
Christ takes on humanity to suffer, but also to show us the way to Heaven.  We do not live only once, (remember, YOLO?) but twice.  And the second time is forever.  And forever is a very long time.   So why would we want to cling to this short amount of time here on earth as if there is no hope for the after life?  


     This isn't our home.  Heaven is where we are supposed to spend the rest of eternity with God.  Eternity - forever and ever and ever and, well you get the point.  For those who have gone before us into the everlasting life, sometimes we pity them because they are not still here.  This is wrong - we should pity ourselves because we are not in Heaven yet!  No one feel sorry for the guy who gets to check out early from work and go home to relax with his family.  In fact, this person is the subject of much jealously.  


God bless you and strengthen you this Lent,

Chloe M.  

    



    

3 comments:

  1. When Jesus cried out that phrase on the cross he was referring to a psalm not necessarily felt that why, though he may have, I'm not sure. In that time of history the psalms didn't have titles or names but where referred to by the first phrase of the psalm.

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  2. Hi Kimberly!

    Thanks for the comment - I found this passage from the vatican website (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/audiences/alpha/data/aud19881130en.html) helpful:

    Therefore on Calvary it came natural to Jesus to make use of
    the psalmist's question to God when he felt completely worn
    out by suffering. But on Jesus' lips the "why" addressed to
    God was also more effective in expressing a pained bewilderment
    at that suffering which had no merely human explanation, but
    which was a mystery of which the Father alone possessed the key.
    Therefore, though arising from the memory of the Psalm read
    or recited in the synagogue, the question contained a theological
    significance in regard to the sacrifice whereby Christ, in full
    solidarity with sinful humanity, had to experience in himself
    abandonment by God. Under the influence of this tremendous interior
    experience, the dying Jesus found the energy to utter that cry!

    In that experience, in that cry, in that "why" addressed to
    heaven, Jesus also established a new manner of solidarity with
    us who are so often moved to raise our eyes and words to heaven
    to express our complaint and even desperation.


    Ultimatly, we have no way to understand the horific sensation brought about by having the sins of the world put upon Christ as he was on the cross. The bodily pain was incredible - the spiritual pain must have been even greater.

    That shows us clearly how much God loves us.

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