Lent: Christ's receptivity with persistence

The divine will is a deep abyss of which the present moment is the entrance. If you plunge into this abyss you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Derision of Christ, Colmar,  wikicommons

Derision of Christ, Colmar, wikicommons

“My Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.” Luke 22: 42

Naming desire and letting it go

I am struck, in re-reading the story of the Passion, by the way in which Jesus, with great persistence, not only stays the course, but stays present to each circumstance as it unfolds. Even as he asks not to go through what lies ahead, he, in acknowledging and naming his own desire, lets it go. His hands are open. Even in the midst of mocking, calumny, violence, the apparent indifference and lack of awareness of his friends, he persists, receiving the journey of that part of life exactly as it is. Darkness and disorientation, with no let-up in sight and no get-out clause. And yet he persists, receiving it all as it is, keeping his hands open, never raising his fists. Selah.  

Gus MacLeod