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Saturday, March 31, 2007

"Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him in pain."

As I see Jesus alone and praying in his struggle to accept his Father's will, I am drawn to be with him. "The solitude of his heart is a crushing reality." I am called to descend deep into his heart in prayer just to be with him. He asked his three closest friends to stay awake and pray, but their eyes were heavy with sleep and they left him alone to face his struggle. I am called to be with him in the solitude of his heart.
"Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
We like sheep have gone astray,
we have turned to our own way.
And the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all." (Is 53)

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