Lenten Devotions: Day Eighteen
Saturday, March 26
On Saturdays we invite you to write a short reflection on your experience of Lent. Consider what your reflection might sound like and where it is similar or different from the thoughts below.
“Christ Jesus … though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” Philippians 2:6-7
In Jesus’ final hours, we see so much of the human condition, both the suffering and joy. He received kindness from the woman who anointed his body; he was betrayed by his disciples; he celebrated the Passover meal with his friends; he prayed; he sang; he experienced disappointment; he endured suffering; he was accused falsely; he was physically and psychologically abused; he begged to be spared and gave over his life.
We often skip over the humanity of Jesus and say this was a “God” event rather than a “human” event. Actually, it was a “divine/human event.” Yet, we put this outside ourselves, as if it has no connection with our lives. We, too, experience; we receive; we are betrayed; we celebrate; we pray; we sing; we ensure; we are accused, and we are abused. We beg, and we give over our lives.
Actually, it is in the manner in which Jesus lived his life that we are called to live our lives—treating violence with nonviolence, hate with love, disloyalty with fidelity, and betrayal with understanding.
Today, as we consider the union of our humanity/divinity, can we live more attentively to the manner in which Jesus lived his life?
Sister Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF, is Catholic church relations associate for Bread for the World.
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