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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday of the Second week of Lent

Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch carmelite, martyr (1881-1942) The mysticism of suffering "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem"

Wednesday of the Second week of Lent

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Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch carmelite, martyr (1881-1942) 
The mysticism of suffering

"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem"

Jesus declared himself to be head of the mystical Body of which we are the members. He is the vine, we the branches (Jn 15:5). He stretched himself out on the winepress and began to tread it. Thus he gave us the wine by which we might, by drinking, live his life and share his sufferings. "If anyone wishes to do my will, let him take up his cross daily. Whoever follows me has the light of life. I am the Way. I have given you an example that you also might do what I have done for you" (Lk 9:23; Jn 8:12; 14:6; 13:15). And as his disciples themselves did not understand that his way was to be a way of suffering, he explained it to them, saying: "Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and so enter into his glory?" (Lk 24:26). 

Then the disciples' hearts burned within them (v.32). God's Word inflamed them. And when the Holy Spirit came down like a divine flame upon them to set them on fire (Acts 2), then they were happy to suffer scorn and persecution (Acts 5:41) since in this way they would become like him who had gone before them on the path of suffering. The prophets had already foretold this path of Christ's suffering and the disciples finally understood that he had not avoided it. From the crib to his agony on the cross, poverty and incomprehension had been his lot. He had spent his life teaching that God's view of suffering, poverty and human incomprehension is different to the world's foolish wisdom (1Cor 1:20)... In the cross is salvation. In the cross is victory. This is how God wanted it to be.

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