April 14, 2022 ( Thursday of Holy Week )

Good afternoon,

” The surrender of God in the person of Jesus Christ is the great mystery of God. God does not hold back and wait until we get things right; rather, God loves us where we are and as we are. In the Incarnation, divine love has found us and has surrendered to us. It has handed itself over to us to do as we please.”—- Ilia Delio

Jesus surrenders all to his disciples, to the women who came with him to Jerusalem, to those he healed… to everyone . Jesus finally surrendered all things to his Father in heaven. In one of the final scenes of the Passion Play in the Gospels, Jesus says,” .. not my will, but your will be done… “. Being both divine and human, I believe Jesus struggled with his death and dying. He is/was like us. He had feelings and human thoughts. In the end, he surrendered his life.

Someone mentioned to me the other day that she had to surrender everything to God during Lent this year. She found she could not control anything anymore. God has surrendered everything through Jesus, so we too have to do that for God. Athletes, when interviewed, say they cannot control the opponents or the referees or the weather, but they can control what they do. I am not sure that is a true statement. To surrender everything, I believe, expresses to God that I am at your loving mercy. It does not mean we cannot act for God, but we surrender all of our faith to God. During our celebrations of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, may we surrender in new and faithful ways.

       We give it all to you. O God. Amen

Chaos in the winds
Scattering my troubled thoughts
to land on soft clouds            Monica Pieper Landoni 2022