Monday 13 March 2017
Mon 13th. Dn 9:4-10; Lk 6:36-38.
In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.
‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate…. ‘ Luke 6:36
Today I saw my beloved after two weeks of chemotherapy: gaunt, hair nearly gone, warm eyes, a warm embrace. I felt terrible, unable to find a word of hope. Perhaps my feelings showed. “Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.” Came the reply, “I know this is hard on everyone, and I wish it wasn’t. But there will be grace in this.” My beloved, facing death, shows a profound sensitivity to the sufferings of others. This total embrace of suffering reveals total love. Is this how we slowly move to understanding the message Jesus gives to his disciples? Holy compassion comes from understanding that we are finite. In the midst of intense suffering we learn that Jesus is present as divine companion and ultimate hope.