Perhaps you have heard the cliché, that “our lives are lived in the dash” – that is, the dash between our dates of birth and death. The meaning of that saying is that all of life is a journey; from the moment of our birth each of us begins a journey on this earth that literally ends with our death. However, by our shared faith in Jesus Christ, we know that our lives here on this earth are but a prelude to our eternal life in heaven with God.
How long has it been since you have sat back and reflected on your journey thus far? How much life have you really lived, intentionally lived, or do you simply let the days and weeks, months and years go by without much thought of what God might have intended for your journey?
In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his personal journey to Jerusalem, a place he knows will be his last to visit. Jesus, because he is God, knows what is about to happen and what must happen for our salvation and he moves forward with love, and we can only imagine, with apprehension. When have you moved toward something in life, knowing there was no way of going around it, but knowing in your heart, pain or no pain, you have to go through it?
I think of the many people who have lost loved ones, spouses, siblings, even their children. Even in the hours immediately following a death, there are many plans and decisions that must be made. No one is ever really prepared to take that walk, and often people have commented that you just do it – it’s like you are on autopilot.
It is painful, immensely emotional and something that you might walk away from, if only you could. It must have been like that for Jesus too.
Such an experience is painful and troubling, only because we have loved so deeply another person in our lives. If we did not love, we would not need to endure the pain.
So it was with Jesus, if he did not love us, he would not have had to die for us. His journey was one, like ours when we lose a loved one, a journey that we simply must travel. And we make that journey in faith, knowing that God will be with us, we will not be alone. God will give us the grace we need to endure the journey and that grace is often made known to us in the presence and the love expressed by family and friends.
Let us together pray for all on this earth who are dealing with difficult circumstances and losses that they know they simply must move through. Let us pray that they will know the love of God through others and that they will find strength and courage in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In shared faith,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC