Jesus freely chose the Cross, thus entering more deeply into our human condition. While saving us, he also wanted to experience what we experience. Now Jesus’ compassion reaches into the world through our freedom and our love. United with Jesus our suffering, in and with the world, becomes healing. It is also at times very painful. It is at those moments that we draw closest to the heart of Christ. We can suffer in prayer by mourning as he did. We can suffer by hungering for peace and justice in union with him and acting on that hunger. We can endure persecution with him.
In whatever way we are united with the Lord, while he suffers in his people as once he suffered for his people, we are especially free at such moments, as Jesus was. We become especially loving and compassionate. We are not simply victims of circumstances. We are willing cooperators in something larger than ourselves—the Father’s saving plan.
I give myself to you, Lord, to be part of what you came to do. Make me one with you in everything even the part of your mission from which it would be easy to run away.