Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Upon reading this I couldn’t help but focus on the line, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly…be rejected…and be killed.” That is horrible. Why did He endure that misery? Out of love for us. Am I living my life as though Christ died for me and loves me tremendously? Am I treating others as though Christ died for them and loves them limitlessly?? Not always.
Today, I encourage you to reflect about this quote from Fr. Richard Rohr:
God does not love you because you are good; God loves you because God is good.
God does not love you because you are good; you are good because God loves you.
– Fr. Richard Rohr
Consider how deeply He loves us. Believe it. Live like it!
If you have a few minutes, listen to this song:
Oh, How He Love Us
Never forget how loved you are. Enjoy this beautiful Friday!