February 21, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase throughout the day and incorporate it in your daily prayer.
Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
CHRIST SUFFERED: These are certainly two words we need to keep in mind this Lenten season!
I think we often forget that, while he was divine, Jesus was also fully human. That means the scourging he endured tore real human flesh, opened up real wounds, and caused real pain – intense and prolonged. The crown of thorns caused real blood to drip into his eyes. Carrying the cross, being nailed to it, being pierced in the side – Jesus felt the same pain and anguish that any human being would feel.
Christ suffered – sacrificed his own life – FOR US. His love for us is real.
May our Lenten prayers reflect our gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice he made for us.