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August 06, 2014 – Our Crosses Amidst Pilate, the Jews and Jesus

Jesus remains at peace despite his trial and pending death. When we face our trials, what is our state of mind? If we lose, say, some of our ability to think clearly or our confidence, we can draw strength from Jesus’ example. In the trial before Pilate, Jesus is mindful of his mission (Jn 18: 37). This provides meaning, and from meaning, strength. During our trials, we can invite Our Lord to be with us, to help us carry our crosses to make them redemptive. Pilate recognizes this inner strength in Jesus when he presents him to the crowd, saying “Behold, the man!”.

July 30, 2014 – The Grace to Act Despite Our Feelings

Both in the Garden of Gethsemane and again while being interrogated by Caiaphas and Pilot, Jesus remains the master of his circumstances. By grace, we too can overcome our feelings that may rush upon us during important moments, or may have plagued us for years. Our feelings can prevent us from giving better witness to Christ with our lives. At times, we are not unlike Peter, both for better and for worse. However, we can see how in John 18 Jesus and Peter respond to their difficult circumstances. We can learn from this and draw the grace we need from Our Lord.