Beginning in each season of Lent, I am often not prepared to encounter the suffering and sacrifice made by Jesus. The visual pictures of Christ dying for my sins is painful to witness and accept. Imagine the disciples trying to comprehend Jesus announcing the fate of the Son of Man. Disbelief, anxiety, fear – anything but accepting this reality of what is to come.

Can I embrace my sins as the cause of Christ’s suffering and death? Can I accept that our Lord is leading me, encouraging me to become closer to Him?

—Tim Freeman is a Major Gifts Officer at John Carroll University and is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.





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