Because we know that Jesus suffered, we are able to stay close to Jesus in our suffering. Being close to Jesus allows his transformative love to change our hearts and help us grow in holiness. When we are able to stay near to Jesus in our suffering, we are transformed, and our suffering can also be transformed into a sign of God’s victory. This doesn’t mean that we won’t be sad or hurt; it means we can trust that God is with us.
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings as a family:
- Read An Act of Hope together as a family. Discuss the meaning of each line of the prayer, and define words that need an explanation. If possible, memorize the prayer and repeat it during the week as a family.
- Discuss ways we die to ourselves. When we let our will die to God’s perfect will, isn’t it always much better than we thought? How do we know God’s will? Do we depend on Scripture, Tradition, and the Sacraments to define our boundaries? How are these more reliable than our feelings?