Pondering the Passion of Christ on this Good Friday, Virginia is struck with the persevering patience of Jesus.
I picture Jesus walking the first part of the Via Dolorosa, carrying the heavy cross on His bloody back, one slow step at a time, staggering a bit under the weight with persevering patience. A passerby, Simon of Cyrene, is conscripted to carry it the rest of the way. How that must have felt to be relieved of the burden for a few moments.
In a way, that’s what Jesus does for us: He sets us free and helps us carry our burdens to the end of our journeys. As He persevered on His journey to the Cross for us, Jesus walks with us in our times of duress.
Virginia is not good at patience. Years ago a friend said he couldn’t find the patron saint of redhead juggernauts (he was researching this for my benefit, can you believe?) But it seems to this redhead juggernaut that Jesus is the ultimate guide for folks like me – and everyone – with His persevering patience in every step of His Passion.
From His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, to His scourging, to courageously bearing the mockery of the crown of thorns placed on His head, to the slow walk down the Via Dolorosa, to enduring the Crucifixion. Nails in His hands, His feet… He bore it all with persevering patience for you and for me.
On this Good Friday, think about that.
grace, peace & persevering patience
“For Jesus being at-one was not just being at-one with the glory of the stars…He was also at-one with all the pain and suffering that ever was, is, or will be. On the cross Jesus was at-one with the young boy with cancer, the young mother hemorrhaging, the raped girl… Jesus, on the Cross, experienced it all.” Madeleine L’Engle