Sunday, April 10, 2011

And Jesus Wept

When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
“Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept. - John 11:33-35
Meister Eckhart said - "You may call God love, you may call goodness, but the best name for God is compassion."
I did not know this compassion until I met a priest who, through his compassion, revealed this Jesus to me. A Jesus I had never known. A Jesus with so much compassion, he weeps when we weep. He suffers when we suffer.
In my book about surviving child sexual abuse, I described a time when I did an imaging exercise where I pictured Jesus being in my room when I was being abused and I saw him crying.
I no longer needed to ask the question, "Where was God?"
The word compassion literally means - "to suffer with." I know in my heart that Jesus suffered with me when I was being abused and whenever I have suffered. 
In fact he more than suffers. He weeps.
Jesus, thank you for always being with me. Thank you for weeping for me, for suffering with me so I know I am never alone. Help me to bring your compassion to others as others have done for me. I love you. Amen.


Karinann said...

A beautiful reflection Colleen. I think we sometimes forget that Jesus suffers along with us. Lazarus is a great reminder of just how he never abandons us in our suffering.
I recently read about the Greek root of forgiveness- in the Greek, the word we use for forgive is what they use for unbind. In Jesus' compassion for and with us, I find it easier to forgive (especially myself). We are "unbound" as Lazarus was from his burial bands.
Hugs and God Bless!

therese rita said...

This is beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing it.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

St. John tells us that if everything Jesus said and did were written down, the number of books would fill the whole world - or something to that effect. The fact that the Holy Spirit inspired the evangelist to write about Jesus weeping shows the depth of compassion Jesus has for all of us, especially when we're suffering. I love your beautiful prayer. It is very comforting to know that no matter what we're going through, He suffers with us and not just because of us. He is our true Friend.

Mary333 said...

I believe Jesus weeps with us too and it is so comforting to know that we never suffer alone. When we die we'll be able to see this clearly.

Your prayer is beautiful, Colleen :) God bless you, my friend!

Colleen said...

Karinann - I hope you have had a blessed Lent. Thank you for your beautiful comment here. I need to remember that word and it meaning - unbound. Adds even more meaning to this gospel reading. Hugs and blessings!

therese rita - thanks so much! God bless!

Barb, amen! Thank you and blessings!

Mary, thank you so much. God bless you too!

RAnn said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Colleen said...

RAnn, thank you! God bless!

evanscove said...

A wonderful meditation and reminder of God's having entered into our suffering. Something I have to keep in mind lest I become too discouraged because of my problems. The temptation to get frustrated with God and lose faith is always dangling in front of me, so I need to stay focused on Christ's work of grace.

Thanks again for your beautiful "Thoughts on Grace"!


Colleen said...

Evan, thanks so much. Whenever you get frustrated, grab the Bible and read the Psalms. I have discovered that there is always at least one psalm that will speak to me where I am. Have a blessed Holy Week!