The last line from the first Reading today states," Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested". I had to reread this passage several times to try and grasp the enormous suffering that Jesus endured with his death by crucifixion. Over the course of my lifetime I have often wondered "WHY"- why did Jesus have to die such a humiliating and horrific death? Was it so that we might be able to experience, by imagining, how it must have felt, from a human perspective? Did the suffering have to be so huge so that we could appreciate a supreme sacrifice that was made on our behalf- in order to help us appreciate God’s love for us or to help us develop our own willingness to suffer for our faith or for the well being of others? The Reading tells us..."through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil." God's love for us and the supreme sacrifice made for us is overwhelming and all we are asked to do, as expressed in the Psalm, is to acknowledge our faith, live our faith, give thanks, invoke God's name, and look for ways to model what we have been taught, especially through the life of Jesus.
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