And all were astounded at the greatness of God. While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At several points in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples something that they do not yet understand. While the disciples eventually came to know what Jesus meant by “the Son of Man will be handed over to men,” there are things about God and God’s ways that can seem equally confusing today.
One has only to follow the news to see immense heartbreak and pain caused by natural and manmade disasters. It can be easy to ask God why these things are allowed to happen. The answer is that our world isn’t perfect, and true peace only comes from God. If we try to make sense of the world using our limited human understanding, we will always fail.
May our prayer today be to bring our own will closer to God’s will, so that we may know true peace.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Loving God, I don’t always understand why things happen, but I know that you love me unconditionally. Help me to let go of my own desires so that I may grow closer to you. May my desire to know things never get in the way of loving you. Amen.
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