April 1, 2010

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

I am curious what Jesus did between Palm Sunday and Easter.

Did he spend time in prayer, gathering courage and strength for the suffering ahead? Did he arrange one last visit with Mary? Did he take the disciples on a retreat?

I looked in each gospel and Jesus was very busy during this last week of life. He continued through the marketplace, going to the temple, teaching, healing, telling parables -- typical days, keeping the normal routine. Jesus never lost focus about the purpose of his life even as his suffering approached.

How do you respond to suffering -- however you define it? How can you stay focused on God even when you are challenged? Are there persons you know or about whom you have read, who are able to remain strong in God despite the suffering they are experiencing?

Jacquie Reed, Fishers, Indiana

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