Jesus’ suffering – Lent4 Thursday

I have come in the name of my Father and you refuse to accept me;  This is the real suffering of Jesus. Yes, having his flesh cut off his back and getting chunks of iron pushed through his hands was gruesomely painful.  But what is scary about the passion is that this was the least of his sufferings.  The thing which really broke his heart was that which breaks ours: rejection.  We often console ourselves by saying that, at least if Jesus was around today, we would never do that.  This doesn’t hold water though because each of us reject him all the time.  Each time we deliberately do wrong, we consciously tell him to rack off, so we can wallow in evil.  This is why the words of Jesus apply to us today: As for human approval, this means nothing to me.  Besides, I know you too well: you have no love of God in you. And this is something which hurts us: Jesus knows us, he knows we hate his love and push him away – and yet he chooses to give himself utterly to us daily in Communion, and in every good thing we have.