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With this Sunday’s lesson, we begin Unit 4 of this year’s Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program. We also move closer to remembering and celebrating the big events of Jesus’ Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Together, these events are known as the Paschal Mystery. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus alludes to his upcoming suffering and Death—and the glorification that is to follow. The glory of the Resurrection is dependent on Jesus’ suffering and Death. Without Good Friday, there would be no Easter Sunday.
The lesson of the Paschal Mystery is important for all of us—and for the children in our lives as well. As followers of Jesus, our lives must mirror his. We too will suffer. And, like Jesus, we too will find that suffering can lead to new life—a lesson learned, greater sensitivity to others, stronger faith, renewed hope, a strengthened relationship, a new perspective. Jesus shows us that our suffering can have meaning and will lead to Easters in our own lives.
A grain of wheat must die to produce a harvest. Grains from the harvest are crushed to make flour for bread that will nourish others. We too must die to self to serve our Lord and his people.
What experience of suffering has led you to an Easter experience of renewed faith and hope?
Through what current suffering might Christ be inviting you to new life in him?
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