Vicarious suffering is something of a mysterious reality but I wholly believe in it. By this we mean that we can offer our own suffering as a sacrifice for the benefit of others. St. Paul affirms this act when he tells us that we make up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ when we join our sufferings to His (Colossians 1:24). Suffering is an inevitable part of human existence until after the resurrection. Let us seek to draw whatever benefits we possibly can by enduring it joyfully for the sake of the Body of Christ.
10 But the LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his Descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. 11 Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.
P S A L M
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
R: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
4 Upright is the word of the LORD, and all his works are trustworthy. 5 He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. (R) 18 See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, 19 to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield. 22 May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us who have put our hope in you. (R)
Jesus is our High Priest forever. We can have total confidence in His commitment to us as He has demonstrated the depths of His love through His passion and death. Jesus is also the ultimate mediator between God and mankind. We should never be afraid to approach Him and ask for what we need to grow in holiness and righteousness. He knows the struggle of living this earthly life and therefore we can be confident that He will provide all that we need to persevere in it to the end. Let us pray that we will be found worthy of eternal life when we stand before Him on Judgment Day.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. 16 So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.
G O S P E L
Jesus seems to be always turning the understanding of His disciples upside down. Leadership is always about serving the people and not the honors that you might receive from it. The focus must be the responsibility of caring for the people, whatever that might entail, and it will entail sufferings and trials. If we receive honor and acclaim at the end, then that is up to God. The most important thing is that leaders are faithful to the duty that they have in front of them at any particular time. Let us pray for our leaders that they will be true servants in imitation of Jesus Christ.
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, ?Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.? 36 He replied, ?What do you wish [me] to do for you?? 37 They answered him, ?Grant that in your glory we may sit, one at your right and the other at your left.? 38 Jesus said to them, ?You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?? 39 They said to him, ?We can.? Jesus said to them, ?The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.? 41 When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. 42 Jesus summoned them and said to them, ?You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 43 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; 44 whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.?
think: We can offer our own suffering as a sacrifice for the benefit of others.
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
St. Rose of Lima
Virgin (1586 - 1617)
?Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase thy love in my heart.?
Like many other saint, St. Rose of Lima had to struggle to claim her vocation. She was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586, approximately fifty years after the arrival of the Spanish. Baptized with the name Isabel, she was called Rose on account of her extraordinary beauty. From a young age she was besieged by suitors, thus encouraging the hopes of her parents that an eventual marriage would advance the (tenuous) family fortune. But Rose had a different plan. She was determined to consecrate herself to God. Since her beauty posed an obstacle to her vocation, she deliberately disfigured herself by rubbing her face with pepper and lime.
This represented a setback to her family?s ambitions. It was compounded, soon after, by the failure of a mining venture in which her father had invested heavily. Rose helped to support her family by needle-work and gardening. But she longed for the day when she would live for God alone. Eventually, like her model St. Catherine of Siena, she was allowed to join the Third Order of St. Dominic. She spent many years as a recluse, occupying a little hut in the garden and devoting herself to constant prayer. Eventually, however, she emerged to engage in works of mercy among the poor, the Indians, and slaves. She had a strong sense of social as well as personal sin. In penance and in remembrance of Christ?s crown of thorns, she wore a circlet of silver studded with sharp pricks. All who encountered her said that she seemed to glow with the love of God.
Rose?s life was marked by frequent illness and periods of spiritual anguish. And yet her reputation for holiness gradually won her the reverence of the entire city. When she died on August 24, 1617, at the age of 31, the dignitaries of Lima vied to pay her homage. She was the first canonized saint of the New World.