What is the meaning of doing, suffering and loving for us who are disciples of Jesus and conscious of our dignity and freedom? Our actions begin with the kind of persons we are inside. We are called to become more and more like God. That is a lifelong work. Then we have from Jesus a mission of outreach to others. This is, no doubt, the combination which gives meaning to our lives.
In suffering with Jesus we assert our dignity and worth. An infirm person is truly a person, just as Jesus was fully Jesus on the Cross. It is in this predicament that the sick and infirm can find a new form for their commitment, a new meaning. Frequently, the infirm torment themselves because they can no longer “do.” They may also feel that others blame them for not doing. That is the same as blaming Jesus for not doing more from the Cross. In the end, the only work that will last is being bonded to the mind and heart of God in love.
I turn my life and my will over into your care, my God, so that you may bring me to my fulfillment—the full meaning of the life you have created in me. With Jesus, I seek only to be one with you.