Day 7 SUFFERING AND DYING WITH CHRIST
THEME: Person of Christ, Loving and Obedient unto Death
Grace:My Lord Jesus, I beg for the grace of intense sorrow, with you in sorrow, anguish, with you in anguish, and even tears and deep grief, knowing well the deep affliction you endure for me.
- Mt 26: 36-56 (Agony in the Garden)
- Lk 22: 39-62 (Agony in the Garden)
- Lk 22: 63- 71; Lk 23: 1-25 (Before the Sanhedrin and Pilate)
- Mt 26: 57-75; Mt 27: 1-31 (Before the Sanhedrin and Pilate)
- Way of the Cross
- Jn 19: 17-37 (Crucifixion and Death)
- Lk 23:44-56 (Death and Burial)
Points for Prayer and Reflection:
- Do a contemplation on the Lord’s Agony in the Garden (Imagine the Garden and enter prayerfully into the Gospel scene beholding the place and the people there.) What do you see, hear, smell, touch, taste?
- Spend time going into the details of the Lord’s Agony in the garden and slowly, in the end, focus on the Lord and gaze lovingly at his face.
- Enter the heart of our Lord and allow this intense sorrow and distress invade and dominate your heart.
- The main prayer of the Lord in the garden: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; yet not my will but your will be done.”
- Do a contemplation on the Lord’s Trial. (Imagine the Sanhedrin, and Pilate’s praetorium and enter prayerfully into the Gospel scene, beholding the place and the people there.)
- What do you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Touch?
- Spend time going into the details of our Lord’s trial and slowly, in the end focus on him and gaze lovingly at his face.
- Do a station on the cross. Meditate and reflect on all the stations. Try to enter into the mood and feelings of our Lord as he goes through all those stations. What do you see, hear, feel, touch, taste, smell?
- Which station of the cross speaks a lot to your heart?
- Do a contemplation on our Lord’s Crucifixion, Death, and Burial. (Imagine, Golgotha or Calvary and the burial place and enter prayerfully into the Gospel scene, beholding the place and the people there.
- What do you see? Hear? Smell? Touch? Taste?
- Spend time going into the details of our Lord’s crucifixion, death, and burial and slowly, in the end, focus on him and gaze lovingly at his face.
- The Gospel of John tells us that “near the cross of Jesus there stood his mother (Mary)”
- Enter the immaculate heart of Mary and just feel much her deep sorrow of pain and agony.
- Take time to comfort her and even weep with her.
- As Christians we believe that there can be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday.
- What have been your own “Good Fridays”?
- Examine yourself right now, what needs to “die” in you so that Christ and his love may all the more come alive in you?
- Dialogue with the Lord on all these points above.
- Thank him for his willingness to empty himself and die on the cross for your sake and for the sake of the world.
GOD ENTERS OUR CHAOS BECAUSE OF LOVE
(with Fr. florge, sj–facilitator)
(suffering with Christ–evangelicaloutpost.com — googleimage)