• Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #38: Via Crucis 1- Rejection & Failure

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

As we approach the death of Our Lord, reflections on his passion would seem appropriate. This is the first.

When we think of the passion of Jesus, we think of his physical sufferings-- fair enough. But as with all suffering, it is the emotional and spiritual that pierce the heart and wound it most deeply.

Jesus suffered because of his love for us. But he was rejected. Being reviled by humanity was one of his greatest sufferings. They taunted him, "If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!" (Mt 27:40)

By all human accounts, his life was a failure. He loved us, taught us, and poured out his life for us. At the end, he had nothing to show for it as he was abandoned to a humiliating death. Even his heavenly father did not console Jesus on the cross, so that his self-offering would be complete.

Rejection and failure-- these were the scourges of the heart that lacerated him most deeply. His was a love rejected.

But Jesus had previously said, "I do not accept human praise" (Jn 5:41). Humankind is fickle and its praise fleeting. Jesus looked only to do the will of his Father. In return, the Father said, "This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased" (Mt 3:17).

This might spur us to two things. First, let us keep watch and pray with Jesus, as we commemorate his passion and death. Let us not abandon him but rather may we respond with great gratitude for what he has done for us. Second, let us not seek to please the world. Its praise is fleeting. May we, like Jesus, listen to the Father's will for us and follow it to the end.


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