"And behold two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." Luke 9:31, passage from Gospel, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/28/2010
What Jesus was to accomplish in Jerusalem is nothing short of another "exodus"--an act of liberating God's people--an act both historic and divine. Jesus' "exodus" continues God's unfinished work: leading God's people out of bondage and into freedom.
To liberate us, Jesus must enter into a full experience of the ramifications of evil and the suffering that that entails.
When does our world not have pain? But with earthquakes rocking entire impoverished nations, with global warming changing our very climate while we quibble over its reality, with death snatching loved ones from our communities, with corruption wreaking evil over nations...the pain gauge has gone from full to overflowing these days.
"I will offer you a simple litmus test to determine whether a person has healthy or unhealthy religion. What do they do with their pain--even their daily little disappointments? Do they transform their pain or do they transmit it? People who are practiced in transforming actual life pain, like Jesus on the cross, are the only spiritual authorities worth following. They know. They can lead and teach. The rest of us just talk."~Rev. Richard Rohr
For your reflection:
What is my pain today? How can I transform it? What is the liberation God wants for me?