The Passion of the Lord
Becky Eldredge shares her reflection on today’s retreat:
Where do the truths we live by come from? Are they rooted in the Gospel? Are they rooted in Christ? Or are they rooted in the world? Are they rooted in selfish pursuits? Are they rooted in the gospel according to friends, a spouse, parents, or colleagues?
It’s easy to get wrapped up in truths that are not from God. We can find ourselves seeking things that appear to be good only to find that they have done nothing but pull us drastically away from Jesus’ Father, Our Father. This is not the truth we see today in remembering Jesus’ death.
The truth we see today is a man who was rooted firmly in his Father. We see a man who, despite the journey he had to walk, trusted that his Father would see him through it. We see a man who trusted that God would overcome the darkness of his death.
While my journey has not led me to crucifixion, it has led me to events that have brought me to my knees, crying out in despair to God, "Let this cup pass away from me." It is in those moments that we must ask ourselves, "Will we lean on the truth of the Gospel, that light overcame darkness? Or will we lean on the world’s gospel, which wants us to believe that darkness is all we have?"
I pray that when we have the choice to make, we can choose to be in Jesus’ camp, holding onto the truth in both his death and resurrection.
Becky Eldredge is the Partner Program Coordinator for Charis Ministries, a Jesuit Ministry for those in their 20s and 30s. She also writes for the Ignatian Spirituality blog, dotMagis.