Speak Lord: Who prays and weeps for us.

Agony

The second reading at Mass on Sunday – the 5th Sunday of Lent – is from the letter to the Hebrews. Or at least it is unless you are using the alternative series of readings for Year A which may be used this year, and which must be used when the 3rd Scrutiny is celebrated – in which case the reading is from Paul’s letter to the Romans, a reading you will find at the end of this post.

During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.

Hebrews 5:7-9

We have been encouraged to spend additional time in prayer over these past weeks, and to seek to be more faithful to the call to love God and our neighbour.

Doubtless our response to this call has not been easy, and has been worked out at some cost. Even so it probably palls before the achievement and suffering of Jesus.

His suffering was endured for sake of us, so that in our encounter with him we may encounter the one who is source of eternal salvation.

  • For what would you like Jesus to pray for you?
  • What in his example would you like to better imitate?

Photograph is of carving of Jesus in agony, at the foot of the Scala Sancta, John Lateran, Rome. (c) 2009, Allen Morris.

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People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

Romans 8:8-11

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