Reading: Walk With Jesus, Chapter VI, VII, VIII (pages 37-54)
It is a joy to be sharing this Lenten journey with such Spirit-filled companions in a warm, supportive, and compassionate community. Thanks to each of you for being here, those who are posting comments and those walking with us in silence. As we begin this week, I would ask that we pray for Ernie’s grandson Luke and his family and all the other intentions that we hold quietly in our hearts.
This week as we continue to walk with Jesus on the way to Calvary, we encounter an anguished woman whose husband has disappeared without explanation, a desperate farmer losing his way of life due great economic forces, and women weeping over the destruction of their people, their land, and and their homes due to war and violence. As tragic as each of these situations would be on their own, each one also calls to mind the many uncounted similar situations occurring every day in countries around the world.
Clearly, we live in a world where there is often great pain and suffering. Yet Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (Jn 10:10) Henri’s reflections that that link Sr. Helen David’s contemporary images to Jesus’ way of the cross help us to reconcile these seemingly insurmountable differences. As Henri writes in Jesus Meets Veronica, “Jesus looks at me and seals my heart with the imprint of his face. I will always keep searching (for a new life), always waiting, always hoping. His suffering face does not allow me to despair.” (p.42)
How have these reflections given you greater insight into the paradox of a world of both great pain and suffering and one of abundant life? Jesus also says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) Does the image of Jesus as the good shepherd who lays down his life aid in reconciling this paradox. Why or why not? In addition to considering these questions you may refer to the reflection guide at the end of this post.
These questions and the reflection guide are simply offered for your consideration. They may or may not be helpful. It is much more important for you to follow wherever the Spirit leads you as you reflect on Sr. Helen David’s images and Henri’s meditation. Regardless of how you get started, please share with the group whatever is on your heart to the extent you are comfortable. We will all be enriched by your thoughts and insights.
May our discussion flower and be fruitful during this first full week of spring. I look forward to hearing from you.
Peace and all good.
Henri follows a threefold approach at each Station. First, he places us in Sister Helen David’s picture. He then transports us to Jerusalem to join Jesus on his way to Calvary. Finally, Henri challenges us walk with Jesus and to build God’s Kingdom here and now.
At each Station (or in each chapter) you might:
- Ponder on Sister Helen David’s drawing. Take note of your observations, impressions, reactions, and any questions that my arise.
- Read Henri’s reflection. How does Henri’s reaction to the drawing compare to yours? Does Henri’s description of Jesus’ suffering at this Station give you new insight into your life and faith journey? How do you respond to Henri’s challenge to walk with Jesus? What concrete steps will you take and when?
- How you will respond? Carefully (prayerfully) consider how your heart responds to the insights gained during your reflection. Are there small steps you can take to incorporate these insights to strengthen your spiritual life