Thought for the Day – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
“The cup that Jesus speaks about is neither a symbol of death nor a symbol of victory.
It is a symbol of life, filled with sorrows and joys, that we can hold, lift and drink
as a blessing and a way to salvation. “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”,
Jesus asks us. It is a question that will have a different meaning every day of our lives.
Can we embrace fully the sorrows and joys that come to us day after day?
Drinking the cup that Jesus drank is living a life in and with the spirit of Jesus, which is
the spirit of unconditional love. The intimacy between Jesus and His Father is an
intimacy of complete trust….it is only love – pure, unrestrained and ultimate love.
That intimacy gave Jesus the strength to drink the cup.
That same intimacy Jesus wants to give us so that we can drink ours!”
Fr Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) (Can you drink the Cup)
One Minute Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent and the Memorial of Blessed Stanislaw Antoni Trojanowski (1908-1942) Martyr
But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?”…Matthew 20:22
REFLECTION – “The task of the heart is self-preservation, holding together what is its own. The pierced Heart of Jesus has truly… overturned this definition. This Heart is not concerned with self-preservation but with self-surrender. It saves the world by opening itself. The collapse of the opened Heart is the content of the Easter Mystery. The Heart saves, indeed, but it saves, by giving itself away.”…Pope Benedict XVI
PRAYER – We give You thanks Holy God and Father, for sending us Your Son to teach us how to love, to teach us that only in giving ourselves may we receive ourselves. Our hearts are made of stone but You O God, can turn them into flesh and teach us to open our hearts completely to the way of the Cross. May the Martyr Blessed Stanislaw Trojanowski, offer his prayers for us, as we strive to learn, as he did, this way our Lord taught us. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.