“Rejuvenated Faith”

March 30, Monday in Holy Week “Rejuvenated Faith” Karl Rahner Isa. 42:1-7

The Rule of St. Benedict says to us: “We must get ready then. Our journey requires a rejuvenated faith. We must set high standards. We must rely on the gospel to guide us. It will help us to follow Christ and grow better acquainted with him so we are prepared to live with Jesus in his heavenly kingdom”. Holy Week is a time to look at our faith–and at the heart of what it means–it is about entering into suffering.

Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, reminds us, “What is to give light must endure burning.” Sharing in the work of Jesus is to taste the Pascal Mystery. This means acknowledging our blindness and emerging into light.

I have a memorial service for 35 year old Dennis this Thursday, he died of an over dose, one of so many. I sat with 17 year old James last night as he was crying in pain from being beaten. For me through the years it has been opening myself to the suffering of others, and in experiencing my own suffering that my faith has been rejuvenated.

Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” To be a “mystic” is to enter into the Pascal mystery, to enter into it with your heart and with your soul and to embrace that One of Mystery in pain, in suffering, as well as joy. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

The question for today is “Where does our faith need rejuvenation today? How will we let the gospel guide us?” Think about it, pray about it, share it–you can email me at punkpriest1@gmail.com. Fr. River Damien Sims

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