And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
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Did the disciples understand what Jesus was saying? Of course not. Nor do we. It’s not the way of the world that ultimate power surrenders itself to weakness. Even in the movies, good guys win and bad guys pay. What Jesus was proposing was simply ridiculous. Why should the Son of Man, who preached with authority, healed the sick, and walked on water, hand himself over to a measly bunch like the Sanhedrin? The first should never be last, kingdom or no kingdom.
—Alice Camille, in A Book of Grace-Filled Days. © Loyola Press. 2009.
Life-giving God, this beautiful fall weekend I place my life, my very self into your hands. Your blessings are countless, your goodness amazing. Help me endure whatever suffering comes into my days with your spirit of surrender and hope. Take, Lord, all I am and have. Amen.
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