From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 15, 2011
Sophomore, Social Work Major,
Spanish and Biblical Studies Minors
Guess what? Christ understands our sufferings. He gets it. That’s not something people like to hear. I personally would rather argue that no one can ever understand my suffering because it’s mine and no one else’s. Right? I have to do this alone—correct?
It is easy to say that Christ understands and is present in the daily trials of life, but it is difficult to actually accept it as the truth and take any comfort from it.
When Christ died on the cross, He took all of our sins and all of our sufferings as His very own. He took them on and offers to hold them for us now as we struggle through them. So the greatest example of love is brought to even greater fruition when we unite our burdens to Christ’s Passion.
Do you ever want to take someone’s pain for them—even just for a moment—to let them feel better? Do you ever wish that your pain could be alleviated or taken on by someone else? Do you wish to be free of it?
Suffering is such an amazing blessing and grace because we do have a “High Priest” who is “able to sympathize with our weaknesses.” Christ has taken it all on through the glorious victory of the cross. If we choose to offer our suffering to Him, who always saves us, we can find the greatest peace and even joy. We can realize just how loved we are. There is a certain amount of freedom in the pain of suffering because it can bring us closer to Christ.
Embrace it. Do you have a hard test this week? Are you having troubles with a friend? Is it really, really cold outside? How are you suffering? Are you even aware of it? Everyone has something that they can offer up to Christ. Let us take solace and find peace in the fact that Christ has embraced it for us, no matter how big and no matter how small. Let's offer up to Him every instance of pain that we can, because this will draw us ever closer to His precious Heart.
You are beautiful and loved.
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