MEDITATION OF THE DAY
Understanding the Passion with Our Lady
This is another of the things to be discovered in contemplating our Lady. We ask him to come and abide in us; we ask the Holy Spirit to form him from our lives; we believe that he does do this. If Christ is formed of our lives, it means that he will suffer in us. Or, more truly, we will suffer in him.
“And he was made man.” Our Lady saw at once what was meant in her case supernaturally, he was made herself. If he is made man in you, he will be made you; in me, me. It is extremely difficult to lay hold of this fact. It is very hard not to think of a kind of mystical Christ just beside us, or just in front of us, suffering with infinite patience and joy, being obedient, humble, persevering, fulfilling his Father’s will. It is really difficult to realize that if he is formed in our life we are not beside him but in him; and what he asks of us is to realize that it is actually in what we do that he wants to act and to suffer….
If you are an office worker and the person over you is trying, perhaps rather limited in intelligence, so that you imagine you have some kind of right to be irritable, well, it is not you at all that must be obedient and humble and gracious, it is Christ, Christ, who said to the weak and timid civil servant, Pontius Pilate: You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.
It really needs to be practiced to be understood. We need to say to ourselves a thousand times a day: “Christ wants to do this; Christ wants to suffer this.” And we shall thus come to realize that when we resent our circumstances or try to spare ourselves what we should undergo, we are being like Peter when he tried to dissuade our Lord from the Passion.
There is one tremendous answer to the question which is reiterated to the point of utter weariness: “Why should I?” It is another question: “Ought not Christ to suffer these things and so enter into his glory?”
Caryll Houselander († 1954) was a British author, poet, and spiritual teacher. [From The Reed of God. © 1944, Caryll Houselander, Christian Classics, a Division of Thomas More Publishing, Allen, TX.]