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The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Live all life’s ups and downs with God

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

Today’s liturgy, like much of life at times, is marked by wild contrasts. One day Jesus rides into Jerusalem in triumph. He is greeted with joyful shouting: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people greet the one who will fulfill all their hopes: their King, their Savior, the Messiah who will give them heaven on earth!

But within days everything changes. Jesus is betrayed by one of his closest followers; he is arrested, beaten, humiliated, tried on trumped-up charges and sentenced to crucifixion. His friends fail to comfort him in his darkest hour and his chosen successor denies him. The crowds, who days earlier cheered him, are offered a chance to pardon him; they choose a notorious thug and murderer over Jesus, crying “Crucify him!” And they do crucify him, between two common criminals.

What a wild descent in only a few days. Our lives can sometimes seem like that. As the song says, “That’s life….You’re riding high in April, shot down in May.” But notice Jesus’ calm acceptance of both the high and the low. Other than in his cry to God—“Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will”—Jesus demonstrates commitment and equanimity.

This is the lesson of Jesus the man: bear all things equally; with God all things are possible.

Patrick Doyle

Author: Living with Christ

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