Saturday, March 24
“Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour; but for this cause came I unto this hour. … Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from this earth, will draw all men unto me.”
I believe that most of us have had thoughts similar to these – Jesus’s awareness of his very human ambivalence and an immediate acceptance of his spirit’s very purpose.
There was Martin Luther King, who, though a human aware of his own frailties, moved toward a purpose that caused him, in death, to represent to many people a Christ on earth.
There is also the child in the schoolyard who suddenly speaks up to the needy playground bully who has once again cornered the child with a facial tic; that brave child, though he must be frightened, is on a mission for which his very soul was always designated; he is heeding the plight of a defenseless child, even though he may in fact find his pants wet from the experience. He has served his own soul and in doing so he has created a more peaceful place for the other children on the playground, most of whom, though they may never breathe a word of praise publicly, feel the warmth of his expressed love for everyone – even the bully himself.
There is the woman who, seeing a cat hit by a speeding car on the highway, stops to attempt to save the poor creature and in doing so is the vehicle of grace not only for that creature but for all of the passersby who do not stop – and also for the driver of the speeding car.
There is the veteran of Iraq nearly killed by the actions of the police at an Occupy demonstration in Oakland; he survives, regains the ability to speak, and talks of being ready to continue, seeming dazed by the clamor surrounding the incident. He says that he just had to be there and that he feels no anger at the police officers. He was, at that moment, meeting his soul’s purpose.
We are ALL lifted up by such actions, and the purpose of our lives here is for a moment illuminated.
-Submitted by Alison Castor
It is clear that Jesus soul was troubled when contemplating the course on which following God’s will had led him. When have you awakened in the middle of the night with the sinking feeling in your stomach realizing that the right thing to do is, by far, the more difficult course forward? How has your willingness to undertake “the road less traveled” glorified God’s name?