Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Take Up Your Cross

The other night a tree blew down along the road which I walk in the mornings.  Through such violence nature renews itself.  Without violence there is no evolution.
In a TV episode I saw recently a neighbor convinced the two main characters to help her kill herself.  In trying to talk her out of it they came up with various arguments, but no one talked about the meaning of suffering.  Jesus says, "No one who does not carry his cross and come after me can be my disciple." (Luke 14:27)   By his passion and death Jesus gave meaning to suffering.  His death brought him and the whole world into new life.  Doesn't that mean that undeserved suffering is redemptive, not just for the person suffering but for the cosmos? 

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