Reflection 70: Identifying with the Suffering Christ


Which image of Christ are you more comfortable with?  Which image do you more easily identify with?  The image of Christ glorified as King of all?  Or the image of the beaten and suffering Christ?  In the end, we will fix our eyes on the Lord in glory and majesty and this will be our delight for eternity.  However, while we are pilgrims in this earthly life, the suffering Christ should dominate our mind and our affection.  Why?  Because it reveals the closeness of Jesus to us in our own weakness and pain.  Seeing His wounds disposes us to reveal our own wounds with confidence.  And seeing our own brokenness in truth and clarity helps us love our Lord more deeply.  He entered into suffering through His Cross.  He wants to personally enter your suffering as you gaze upon His wounds (See Diary #252).

Look at the wounds of Jesus this day.  Try to call His suffering to mind throughout the day.  His suffering becomes a bridge to us.  A bridge that allows us to enter His divine Heart which loved to the last drop of blood.

Lord, I gaze upon You this day.  I gaze upon every wound and ever scourge that You bore.  Help me to draw close to You in Your pain and help me to allow You to transform my own sufferings into an instrument of divine union.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Resources for Lent

Novena to Saint Joseph
March 10–18

40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love From the Heart of Our Blessed Mother
Reflection Seven – A Lowly Servant of the Lord
(Fri. of First Week of Lent)

Scripture Meditations for Lent

More Divine Mercy Reflections

Daily Gospel Reflections

Saints/Feasts for Today

Featured image above: Christ in Glory By Francesco Bassano the Younger, via Wikimedia Commons

Two great books for Lent:

Lent and Easter Reflections
Updated for Lent & Easter 2022 with additional reflections and more detailed Table of Contents

Lent and Easter Reflections is one of four books that makes up the Catholic Daily Reflections Series. As a devotional it is a great resource for daily meditation and prayer offering reflections on the Gospel of the day in a practical, faithful and down-to-earth way. It is formatted in such a way that it can be used for any liturgical year, offering reflections on every Gospel option, including Sunday Years A, B & C, every daily Mass option and all Feasts and Solemnities. Allow the death and resurrection of Christ to transform your heart more fully this Lent and Easter!  It is also available in paperback & eBook format!

40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother

Through this daily devotional you are invited to prayerfully ponder the mind and heart of our Blessed Mother as she endured the great suffering inflicted upon her own dear Son.  Mother Mary faced the Cross of her Son with perfect faith, love and devotion. Her fidelity to her Son throughout His life was unwavering. As she stood before the Cross during those long three hours, that fidelity never ceased.