Sunday, April 6, 2014

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 God 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. He suffers with all of us.
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.


Karin said...

I know how powerful imaging exercises like the one you described can be. Bless that priest for showing this Jesus to you at that very painful time in your life. I will join you in your beautiful prayer.
A side note: I had just posted my reflection for today and then signed on to see what else was going on around the Catholic blogosphere when I saw the title of your post~we used the same exact title with different perspectives. I love how God does that. :)
Hugs & Blessings!

Michael said...

Amen. I hope you are having a Blessed Lent.

Colleen said...

Karin, that is awesome! God-incidence!!

Michael, thank you! A blessed Lent to you as well. And Holy Week!!

Mary N. said...

Powerful post, Colleen. I believe He weeps with us too. Your prayer is beautiful and I am joining you in it!

Colleen said...

Thank you Mary!