Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:10
St. Augustine says that, “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” The Cross is the symbol of Christ’s passion, that is, Christ’s sufferings. So our reflection seeks to deepen our understanding and longing to be united with Jesus even in our sufferings. For when you suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are not alone.
As we gradually come close to good Friday, we must learn to appreciate the sufferings Christ underwent for us on the Cross. The Cross of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian faith. In this spirit of the Holy Week, the church calls us to focus our attention on the Cross of Christ. The Cross is the place where all the wounds of sin are healed. If you suffer from emotional problems — guilt, anxiety, depression, anger, or whatever — there is healing in the Cross of Christ. If you are going through tragedy or suffering, there is comfort in abundance as you contemplate the sufferings of the spotless Lamb on your behalf. Keeping the Cross of Christ central will protect you from the many winds of false doctrine blowing in our times. Satan hates the Cross because it sealed his doom and he is relentless in his attacks to undermine and thwart the Cross. “Through Christ’s death on the cross, those who turn to Him are delivered from both the penalty and the power of sin.” (1 Peter 2:24-25).
By “fellowshipping” in His sufferings, we identify with His death, share His reproach, and follow His example. We, through Him, pass through death into a new life of victory over sin and death (1 Peter 4:13). Therefore, we welcome sufferings for just cause as a gift from God. “For unto you it is given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” (Philippians 1:29) Paul said, “We ourselves glory in . . . all your persecutions and tribulations . . . that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God.” (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5) Of course, suffering isn’t easy, and we need our Saviour’s help to “endure” (James 5:10-11). But “if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him” forever (2 Timothy 2:12). May God grant us a deeper fellowship in the Cross.
MASS: VIOLET Is 42: 1-7; Ps 27: 1. 2. 3. 13-14 (R.1a); Jn 12: 1-11. Chrism Mass: Is 61: 1-3a. 6a. 8b-9; Ps 89: 21-22. 25. 27; Rev 1: 5-8; Lk 4: 16-21.
Prayer Point:
1. “Father in heaven, teach me, I humbly entreat Thee, what it means that I am dead with Christ and can live my life in Him. Teach me to realize that my sinful flesh is wholly corrupt and nailed to the Cross to be destroyed, that the life of Christ may be manifest in me through Christ our Lord.”
Exercise: Take the “Stations of the Cross” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 25). Also Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (Time: 1.00am to 2.00am). Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points
Take the Rosary of Liberation in DSD section A

Present your special intentions to God with total faith in God.

Take the Prayer In Thanksgiving in DSD section A
Meditation: Philippians 2:8.