Lenten Reflections | Jesus is nailed to the cross

Bible Verse

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

~Isaiah 53:7 (RSVCE)

Reflection
In our lives, it doesn’t take much for us to complain and question God. Be it a missed promotion or an opportunity of any kind, an illness, a relationship that falls apart or even something as small as a spell of bad weather; we immediately grumble and question if God really exists and wonder if He really loves us. But, let us take a look at Jesus lying there on the cross while the soldiers drove those huge nails through His hands and feet. What pain He must have felt! What must have been the agony and suffering He was going through! Quite in addition to the physical pain of the nails, piercing through his flesh would be the feeling of hopelessness and despair. Even His closest friends seem to have abandoned Him.

And yet, not a word did He utter. Not a single complain or reproach escaped His lips. Like a silent lamb, He lay there as they nailed Him to the cross. He trusted His Father completely- this was all a part of His Father’s plan. Jesus knew that His Father had greater things in store for Him, that His Father knew ‘the plans He had for Him’ (Jeremiah 29:11) and so He shut His lips, trusted His Father and obeyed.

Let’s take a look at ourselves. Do we trust God? Even in the darkest of the situations, when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, our God is able to pull us through. But do we praise Him in the storm? As we look at Jesus, suffering silently and willingly on the cross, trusting His Abba Father, let us also place our trust in that same Father and believe that He will pull us through, all we need to do is shut our lips and obey.

Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus, as you lay there suffering, being cruelly nailed to the cross that you had just carried, you neither complained nor questioned. You trusted the Father with your whole being and in humble obedience, you accepted His will. Help me, Jesus, as I face the storms and difficult situations in my life to do as you did. Help me to humbly and willingly accept the will of the Father in my life, in the faith that He has a plan for me. Let me remember that He will never abandon me, but is walking besides me at every step of the way. Help me to trust His will in every situation that I go through in my life. Amen.

Life Sharing
Trusting God’s plan when things don’t go my way has been a struggle for me for the longest time. In recent times, I’ve seen some moments where I felt that my faith was being tested, where the day began with one crisis and ended with another. Through these moments, I’ve at times questioned God: “Why me?”, “What did I do to deserve this?” and have grumbled and complained. And yet, recently, in the middle of the biggest storms that I faced, I was reminded of this image of Jesus being nailed to the cross. His complete faith and trust in His Father seemed to question me: Where was my faith? Where was my trust in God?

As I reflected on these questions, I realized that I was called to trust God completely, that even when I could not see through the darkness around me, He was there guiding me all through it. All I was called to do was trust His plan, stop complaining and do His will. While it has not been easy, I have learnt to turn to God in difficult situations. Today, when I am faced with a crisis, instead of saying “Why God, why me?”, I say “Ok, God” and I turn around and obey.

Action Plan

  • Whenever I am faced with a difficult situation, I will trust God’s will and obey His Word.
  • I will pray Psalm 91 daily, surrendering completely to the will of the Father.
  • I will offer up a Rosary every day, asking Mother Mary’s intercession for all those struggling to trust and obey the will of God.

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