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Jesus' Gift to Us

Jesus' Gift to Us

By:  Mission Team April 21, 2022
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So, we just celebrated the Holy Week Triduum, and Easter Sunday. We are now in that wonderful time called the Easter Season. There is joy, happiness, and sunshine after the 40 days of Lent. Plus, spring is here after a cold and wet winter, and everyone is smiling at the sunshine and the green grass that has just come up. But I would like to take you back to Good Friday for a moment and share with you an experience that I had. I was on a retreat with my fellow missionaries, and we were watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ at around 3:30pm on Good Friday. Now, I have seen this movie multiple times. My family always watches it on Good Friday. Yet, something was different this year. As I sat there and watched, I couldn’t stop the few tears that slipped down my cheeks. I just saw how much Jesus went through. But there was so much more to it than that. I felt like I could relate to Our Lady and St. John.

I have had people die in my life and have struggled with it. But because of my experience with death, I felt I could relate a little more to Our Lady and St. John. Not because the people I lost were God, but because I know the pain of losing someone who you love, someone you are close to, and who means so much to you. I could relate to the way they had flashbacks to their memories of their time with Jesus before He died. So, as I watched, I started to really cry, because I could relate for the first time with what Our Lady and St. John must have felt like; plus, the grief of the loss I had experienced was still hard for me. So, with these two different things going through my head, I sat there, sobbing, and clutching my Rosary. But the big part came later, during the Carrying of the Cross…

Rewind a few months back...

I had been struggling for months with accepting God’s love and mercy in my life. I knew that Jesus had died for me and that He loved me. I knew that He showed me mercy, but I couldn’t understand it. All I could see was all the mistakes I made, all of the sins I had committed, and every time I did my will instead of God’s. How could He love someone like me? A mess up. A problem. A burden. Why would He show me mercy? I don’t deserve it. These were the thoughts in my head that prevented me from accepting the love and mercy that God wanted to give me. It wasn’t that God said “no,” but the fact that I did. I was fighting God. Now back to the present… The Carrying of the Cross came on in the Passion. As I watched Our Lord carry this heavy burden and fall to the ground, as I watched Him go to Calvary, it hit me: Every time that I said “no” to God’s Mercy and His Love, I was saying, “Lord, what You did for me in dying on the Cross and going through Your Passion doesn’t matter. It was a waste of time.”

Ouch. It hit me that this was what I was saying every time that I rejected the love and mercy that God was offering for me. I was rejecting Jesus! Every time I said, “I won’t accept Your love and mercy,” I was hurting Jesus, who is hurt when we reject His mercy, because all He wants is to bathe us in His mercy. It’s true that I’m not worthy of Jesus’ love and mercy. I don’t deserve the fact that He died for me on the Cross… but that’s why it is a gift. A free gift that I can never earn or be worthy of, but Jesus gives it to me anyway, because He loves me that much. He loves me so much that He went to the Cross for me; that if I was the only person in this world, He would still die for me!

So now, because of that realization on Good Friday, I can finally say, “Jesus, I accept Your mercy! Thank You!” This acceptance of Jesus’ love and mercy made my Easter that much better for me. And I am so grateful for Our Lord’s death and Resurrection! I pray that you too can thank Jesus for His mercy and love and accept this gift that He freely gives to you too.

          HAPPY EASTER!!

About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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